NASCAR alters qualifying format after controversial Daytona 500 pole day

The revised format will be tested with the XFINITY and CWTS teams.

Daytona Beach, Fla. - When the drivers of the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series take to the track for qualifying here at Daytona, they will do so with some new rules to abide by.

Firstly, the time allowed to put down a flying lap has been cut from five minutes to two minutes and 30 seconds.

The opening round will consist of four groups, split up evenly so each group has approximately the same amount of cars running. As before, the fastest 24 advance. Round two will see two groups of 12 go at it and only the 12 fastest will have a shot at pole position. The final round remains unchanged.

Order on pit road

Instead of the pack chaotically racing off pit road, NASCAR wants some more order in the way it is handled. Each car will be staged alongside a pit box with adequate space between each car. There is no backing up and once the wheels start turning, the car must continue moving. You can't stop.

If this new format is satisfactory in NASCAR's eyes, it will likely be implemented for future Cup races at plate tracks.

NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell

"We continue to work in collaboration with the industry to implement the most exciting and competitive qualifying format, especially as it relates to Superspeedways. As a result, we have made a few adjustments to the format for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series events later this week at Daytona. We will continue to review the qualifying format for future Superspeedway events.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
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Tags qualifying format, steve o'donnell