NASCAR Modifies Superspeedway Qualifying
When the Sprint Cup cars take to the track next at Talladega, the qualifying session will have a different look. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by David Tulis)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
In the wake of criticism leveled by several top Sprint Cup Series drivers at Daytona International Speedway last month, NASCAR unveiled modifications to the qualifying format for superspeedway events across all three national series on Monday.
The updated format will take effect at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series events next month on the high-banked, 2.66-mile layout in Alabama.
The changes are the result of driver complaints over the “knockout qualifying” format used for the season-opening Daytona 500 at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in February, where the post-time trial debate raged about “what’s best for the sport” as an entertainment vehicle.
Qualifying for May’s Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July events at Daytona International Speedway, will consist of the following:
– Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round.
– Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying.
– Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the Read the full story »