Monday, February 16, 2015

NASCAR Will Consider Changes to Daytona Qualifying Format

Reed Sorenson, driver of the #44 Golden Coral Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, Bobby Labonte, driver of the #32 C&J Energy Services Ford, and JJ Yeley, driver of the #23 MAXIM Fantasy App/Dr. Pepper Toyota, are involved in an on track incident during qualifying for the 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (February 14, 2015 - Source: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
Most of NASCAR's top Sprint Cup drivers were upset Sunday over the qualifying format for the Daytona 500, calling it "chaos" and an "embarrassment."

NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell called those comments and criticism "exciting feedback."

NASCAR switched to group qualifying at Daytona to assure just making the Daytona 500 was exciting. But after a crash in Sunday's first round, followed by a bombardment of criticism, O'Donnell said NASCAR would consider making changes to the format.

"We all share the same vision with the drivers. They want to put on the most exciting race possible," O'Donnell said. "We all knew that single car qualifying was a challenge for us. So there are a lot of different ideas out there.

"We do believe this is more exciting feedback. But when you hear from Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, that's passion. This is the biggest race of the year. They want to make the race. We understand that.

"I think as we look at that, if there are ways we can make adjustments, we will. … We will continue to have conversations with them." (SportingNews)