NASCAR revamps superspeedway qualifying

Sanctioning body goes back to the drawing board for time trials, new procedures to debut at Talladega Superspeedway in May.

Qualifying will have a different look for all three national series at superspeedways. The new format will debut at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1.

According to the release, here’s how time trials for the Geico 500 Sprint Cup race and the Winn-Dixie 300 XFINITY Series race will unfold:

  • Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
  • Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
  • Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
  •  Qualifying order for the first round will be determined by a random draw; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
  • A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
  • Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
  • The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
  •  NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only

The truck series will follow the same procedure in October. NASCAR added the format for the 2016 Daytona 500 will be released at a later date. 

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Event Talladega
Track Talladega Superspeedway
Article type Breaking news