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New road course qualifying procedure

NASCAR has announced a new qualifying format for the Sprint Cup races it holds on road courses such as Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway in future.

Instead of the traditional single-car runs held on ovals, cars will now be divided up into groups based on final practice times and will have a designated period of running with the car's best lap time during that period taken as their qualifying lap. NASCAR's Nationwide Series already uses a very similar system for its own road course events, which saves time in and makes road the sessions more interesting as a whole.

"The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said NASCAR's vice president of competition Robin Pemberton. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once."



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T Burton - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 6:40 AM

Thanks for this great recap! I work with V8 Supercars here in the US, and we are very excited for next month's inaugural Austin 400. If anyone would like additional info on the race, search "V8 Supercars COTA" for details on ticketing, etc. Thanks!



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