Procedure changes announced

NASCAR ANNOUNCES PROCEDURE CHANGES IN THE NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION Busch North Series and West Series to implement new rules to ensure more competitive racing DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2005) -- In a move that is expected ...

NASCAR ANNOUNCES PROCEDURE CHANGES IN THE NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION

Busch North Series and West Series to implement new rules to ensure more competitive racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2005) -- In a move that is expected to improve competition and create more side-by-side racing action, NASCAR has instituted two significant changes in the NASCAR Grand National Division, which includes the Busch North Series and West Series.

NASCAR Grand National Division (Busch North Series and West Series) races will now feature "double-file" restarts after any caution periods. The cars will be aligned in two rows, in the order they were running when the caution period began. Any lapped cars will be placed at the rear of the field, also in double-file formation.

In addition to changing the restart procedure, NASCAR Grand National Division officials will also institute a "beneficiary" rule, which allows the first driver off the lead lap to return to the last position on the lead lap, under caution. This rule has been instituted to give competitors a break if their car is just a little off the pace, as well as ensure more orderly caution periods and restarts.

Previously, NASCAR Grand National Division events utilized "single-file" restarts, in which the lead-lap cars were lined up in a single line with the leader alone at the front. Any lapped cars were lined up separately on the inside row.

"We have instituted these changes in an effort to improve the competition in the Grand National Division," said Don Hawk, NASCAR Director of Regional Racing Development. "These changes give more competitors the chance to race wheel-to-wheel, fender-to-fender and have a more exciting product for the fans.

"I believe it gives more drivers a chance to be on the lead lap, it gets the lapped cars away from the leaders and allows both groups a race within a race," said Hawk. "The rule is known as the 'beneficiary' rule but it's the fans who should be the real benefactors as more cars should stay in contention, on the lead lap or at least have a chance. On some race tracks, going down a lap has basically ruined someone's night under the old procedures.

"It is another phase of changing our competition model," added Hawk. "We have been gathering as much information and as many ideas as possible, to continue to provide the competitive NASCAR racing that our fans have come to expect."

The Busch North Series will implement these changes at its next event, July 30 at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y. The West Series will also be in action July 30, at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., and will implement these changes to its race procedures

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