One of the most heart-breaking things that can happen to your favorite driver aside from wrecking is getting caught speeding on pit road. Saturday night when the Sprint Cup Series cars qualify for the Sprint All-Star Race; speeding on pit road will not be a concern. Earlier this week NASCAR announced that there will not be a pit road speed limit for qualifying on Saturday, there will however be the normal speed limit for the actual Sprint All-Star Race later that night.
NASCAR has decided to take away the speed limit for qualifying in an effort to make things a bit exciting. While qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Race each driver has to make a four-tire pit stop. NASCAR lifting the speed limit should make qualifying a bit more fun to watch. Since there is no speed limit the teams are not allowed to have any crew members over the wall until the driver has come to a complete stop inside of the pit box, this is to ensure the safety of the crew. Also, since the cars are qualifying one at a time, pit road will remain clear during qualifying thus making it possible for NASCAR to allow the limit to be lifted.
Without a speed limit drivers are sure to be hitting pit road during qualifying at speeds well over 100 MPH. It will be interesting to see who pushes the envelope the furthest. Hitting pit road at such high speeds could lead to a spin which in turn would ruin a drivers qualifying run. However, playing it too safe while others push it will also hurt where a driver qualifies.
Qualifying is set to take place at 7:10 PM ET Saturday night which is a couple of hours before the green flag is set to wave for the 2014 Sprint All-Star Race. The field for the race is now set after Clint Bowyer, AJ Allmendinger and Josh Wise were added to it Friday night following the Sprint Showdown and the Sprint Fan Vote.