With Preseason Thunder in full swing, NASCAR has been handing down new rules and regulations for all series left and right. The biggest changes seem to be handed to the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series.
Here is how the changes break down:
Adopting a method similar to that in Formula 1 and road courses, single car qualifying runs are now a thing of the past. Although the specific detail have yet to be released, the qualifying format for the lower tiers in NASCAR’s major touring series will be set in a new qualifying format.
“I can tell you that the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series will not be single-car qualifying at all this year, and we’re still working on some of the final details of that,” NASCAR’s Vice President Robin Pemberton said during a media briefing at Daytona.
The logistics and specifics of the new qualifying format will be announced later in January or early February but many are predicting a group qualifying format or a qualifying race. Although no qualifying changes have been announced for the Sprint Cup Series yet, Pemberton says they are “finalizing everything and we’re working on it.”
NASCAR eliminated tandem drafting in the Sprint Cup Series with the new cars and now, tandem drafting is banned from the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series as well.
Told of the change last year, Pemberton says this is crucial. If it is determined that teams are using the tandem draft during a NASCAR race, the teams in question will be black-flagged. If the infraction occurs during practice, the teams will be black-flagged and their times disallowed.
“They can draft,” Pemberton said Saturday at Daytona. “You can bump draft; you can bump draft a guy up (through the field), but you can’t hook up on the bumper and just lay on the bumper.”
Pack racing, which has been the familiarity at Daytona and Talladega, will still remain and drivers will still be able to break off on a run but hooking up to someones bumper has now become a thing of the past.
With two major changes being handed down from NASCAR and a month until the season officially kicks off in Daytona for Speedweeks, rumors of points changes and possible qualifying changes in the Sprint Cup Series are still circling. Are these changes for the better? We will have to wait and see.