NASCAR Announces Overtime Line And 2016 Points Systemby Camille Jones February 12, 2016 0 comments
In an announcement of rule changes on Thursday, NASCAR introduced a new overtime procedure, eradicating the previous scenario of limited number of green-white-checkered attempts in all three national series.
Under new rules, NASCAR will activate a new ‘overtime line,’ which will be positioned further down the track from the start-finish line. The exact location of the line may vary, depending on the track.
In years past, NASCAR would have three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, but in 2016, that process will change. In the event of a green-white-checkered this season, the leader of the race must make it to the overtime line in order for the restart to be ruled a clean start. If the caution flag flies before the leader has crossed the overtime line, the restart will not be ruled a clean start. The field will once again line up for another attempt at the green-white-checkered. NASCAR will have as many attempts as necessary to complete a clean restart.
Once the field completes a clean restart, the green-white-checkered will go to the finish. If the caution is brought out after the field crosses the overtime line, the next flag will be the yellow-checkered or red-checkered and the field will be frozen for the final results.
Among the rules announced on Thursday, NASCAR also stated the points allowances to each of the top three series.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will both have a maximum 40-car field, with the winner being awarded 40 points. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will see a field of a maximum of 32 trucks, with 32 points awarded to the winner.
Last year’s bonus points system will remain in place for all three series as well.
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