NASCAR Qualifying Changes Announced!

The only thing remaining the same this season in qualifying is going to be for the Daytona 500. For everything else, it will be drastically different. Here is how it breaks down.

AT TRACKS 1.25 MILES AND LONGER:

  • The first qualifying elimination round will be 25 minutes in duration and includes all cars/trucks. The 24 cars/trucks that post the fastest single lap from the first qualifying round will advance to the second round.
  •  The remaining cars/trucks will be sorted based on their times posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.
  • The second qualifying elimination round will be 10 minutes in duration and the 12 cars/trucks that post the fastest single lap time will advance to the third and final round. The fastest remaining cars/trucks earn positions 13th through 24th based on their times posted in qualifying in descending order.
  • The third and final qualifying round will be five minutes in duration and the fastest single lap time will determine positions 1st through 12th in descending order.
  • There will be a five-minute break between each qualifying round.

AT TRACKS MEASURING LESS THAN 1.25 MILES IN LENGTH:

  • The first qualifying elimination round will be 30 minutes in duration and includes all cars/trucks. The 12 cars/trucks that post the fastest single lap time from the first qualifying round will advance to the second and final round.
  • The remaining cars/trucks will be sorted based on their times posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.
  • There will be a 10-minute break between the two qualifying rounds.
  • The second and final qualifying round will be 10 minutes in duration and the fastest single lap time posted will determine positions 1st through 12th in descending order.

The only races where this will NOT be implemented will be the Daytona 500, non-points races and the Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora.

Breaking down this new qualifying format even further:

  • Cars can make multiple runs during the allotted time.
  • Small adjustments can only be made during breaks such as wedge, track bar, tire pressure & tape adjustments & can plug in oil on pit road.
  • If a situation comes up where with a caution on the track during qualifying, the red flag will be thrown and time stopped during qualifying.
  • Teams can only use one set of tires during qualifying.

What are some advantages to this new qualifying format? It’s easier to set the field based on speed if qualifying gets rained out. With a 25min qualifying session and all cars on track, the field can be set quicker than with a 43+ single car runs.

What do you think of the new qualifying format for the three major series?

NASCAR.com

NASCAR.com

 

Topics: Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Qualifying, Sprint Cup Series

Want more from Beyond the Flag?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.