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New Qualifying Format

February 25, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A sweeping change to NASCAR's qualifying format is set

to make things a whole lot more exciting in 2014. The

qualifying format is undergoing a complete overhaul this

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season for most races, switching to a group setup that will

put drivers on the track at the same time.Designed to emulate an actual race,

the process will require each driver

entered in the race to be on the track

during the opening qualifying session.

NASCAR will eventually cut the group

to the 12 fastest drivers, and then

determine the pole from there. The 12

drivers in the final group will start 1-12

in the race.


NASCAR's previous system

determined starting lineups based on

individual drivers each running two

qualifying laps. Only one car was

allowed on the track at a time. In 2014,

with the exception of the Daytona 500

and the Truck Series race at Eldora

Speedway, the new qualifying

procedures will be enacted. NASCAR is

hoping for more excitement and

revenue from the change, as the new

format is expected to fit nicely into a

one-hour television slot.


Get to know the rules of the new

qualifying set up:

Prior to the first session, cars will

be lined up on pit road based on

random draw and will enter the track in

that order. Later rounds will be based

on speeds from previous rounds.

The official time in each session

is considered a driver's fastest time.

Teams can only adjust their cars

during breaks and are not allowed to

jack up the vehicle or raise the hood.

If there is an accident, the

session will be red-flagged. The

shutdown time will not count toward

the length of the session.

If it rains during qualifying, the

last completed session will

determine the starting order.

If two drivers post the same

speed, owner points will determine

their starting position.

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