Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NASCAR Changes Xfinity, Truck Series Qualifying At Daytona

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, races during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (November 7, 2014 - Source: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
In the wake of a sometimes disastrous debut Sunday for Daytona 500 group qualifying, NASCAR is tweaking the rules for the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.

The field will be split into four groups for the first round, and the time of the session will be cut from five minutes to two minutes, 30 seconds. The fastest 24 cars will advance to the second round with those 12 fastest reaching the final session.

Instead of backing diagonally out of their pit stalls to begin the sessions, teams will be ordered single file in the pits by NASCAR. A random draw will determine the order for the first round, and speeds will set the second-round order.

“We continue to work in collaboration with the industry to implement the most exciting and competitive qualifying format, especially as it relates to superspeedways,” NASCAR senior vice president Steve O’Donnell said in a release. (NASCAR Talk)