NASCAR Adjusts Stage Lengths, Adds Competition Cautions And Allows An Extra Set Of Goodyear Tires Prior To Bristol Dirt Raceby Hunter Thomas March 27, 2021 0 comments
BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR adjusts stage lengths, adds two competition cautions and will allow teams to receive an additional set of tires for Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race following what was learned during Friday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track.
Many teams saw considerable tire wear throughout Friday’s Bush’s Beans Practice Day, and as a result, NASCAR had discussions with the teams, drivers, the track and of course, Goodyear. Friday’s practice marked the first time that the NASCAR Cup Series has driven on dirt in more than 50 years, so no one knew exactly what to expect during the practice sessions.
As a result of the feedback, NASCAR will extend the stages to Lap 100, Lap 200 and Lap 250. Prior to Saturday, Stage 1 was originally set to end on Lap 75, and Stage 2 was going to end on Lap 150.
The stage adjustment will allow competition cautions to be thrown on Laps 50 and 150, and during these time periods, laps will not count once the free pass car has be sent around. The mission of the newly added competition cautions will provide NASCAR and opportunity to track prep, and it will also allow teams additional opportunities to make a pit stop and check the tire wear.
Heading into the weekend, teams in the NASCAR Cup Series were only allowed five sets of tires, but with Saturday’s competition adjustment, they will now receive an additional set, bringing the total to six.
The Food City Dirt Race is slated to get underway at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Live coverage will be broadcast on FOX.
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