NASCAR changes qualifying procedure for trucks

Time trials shrinks from three rounds to two at superspeedways and intermediate tracks.

When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Kentucky Speedway on July 9 a new qualifying format will be introduced. 

The two-round format — which will be used at all superspeedways and intermediate tracks — will consist of one timed lap to determine the truck’s qualifying spot. According to the bulletin, “NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time.”

Trucks will line up for the first round based on the slowest to fastest single lap speeds from opening practice. A five-minute grace period will be granted to a driver or truck that isn’t prepared to take a lap once called. However, the driver could be sent to the end of the line, moved in the qualifying order of forfeit the ability to qualify. Officials will determine intervals in which trucks are released. Once a qualifying lap is complete, the truck will be impounded.

Adjustments or repairs to the trucks will not be allowed once the competitor has taken the green flag unless approved by the series director. 

After the first round of qualifying, positions 1 through 32 will be set with the fastest 12 trucks transferring to the second and final round. During the 10-minute break, teams will only be allowed to adjust tape and use a cool-down unit. 

The qualifying order for the final 12 trucks will be determined based on the slowest to fastest speeds from the first round of qualifying. Competitors will have one timed lap (Except in Rare Instances) to set the starting order for the race.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Event Kentucky
Track Kentucky Speedway
Drivers Matt Crafton , Tyler Reddick , Erik Jones
Teams ThorSport Racing , Brad Keselowski Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports
Article type Breaking news