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NASCAR Makes Changes to Superspeedway Qualifying Format

On Monday morning, NASCAR announced a series of modifications to the qualifying format for each of the three NASCAR national series on the superspeedway tracks, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Qualifying will now consist of two rounds of qualifying. In each round, race vehicles will take one timed lap in each round of qualifying. Each car will leave pit road in a “redetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR”, with the possibility of more than one car on track at the same time.

The first round qualifying order will be set by a random draw. The top-12 lap speeds will advance to the second round, while positions 13 and beyond are determined by the first round speeds.

Between the sessions, a 10-minute break will occur. The cars will be impounded, with only the 12 advancing allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit.

The second round qualifying order will be “determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round” and will be used to set the top 12 spots.

NASCAR is making the adjustments following a series of complaints from drivers and teams after wrecks occurred during qualifying at Daytona in February.

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