NASCAR Changes The Way Cars Qualify [VIDEO&POLL]
NASCAR is taking a page from the world of Open Wheel Racing to add excitement to qualifying for starting positions in races. The announcement comes just a month shy of the 2014 season beginning, Instead of teams running solo laps to determine the starting order, qualifying will be done in groups. Click for the details.
The new qualifying rules will be in place for all 3 NASCAR series; both Sprint Cup and Nationwide as well as the truck series. Daytona will keep it's current format in place with the two duel races determining the starting field, but all other races will adopt the new rule.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition and racing development says the new qualifying setup will simulate more of real race conditions and allow for it to be done much faster.
"This style of group qualifying has all the makings of being highly competitive and more engaging to our fans in the stands and those watching on television and online. For the drivers and teams, we believe this new qualifying will fuel even greater competition leading into the events.