This weekend's qualifying session for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway will feature three five minute rounds.

Group qualifying previously featured two ten minute sessions followed by a five-minute shootout for the pole. Scott Miller, NASCAR's senior vice president of competition, noted that the tweaks are "to improve the quality of our qualifying broadcast."

Only the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is affected, the Xfinity Series will still utilize the old format.

The changes will not be permanent as the series works to find a solution for qualifying on ovals.

Qualifications have been impacted by drivers waiting until the last possible opportunity to turn a lap. It has been more prevalent on tracks greater than 1.5 miles in length due to the influence of the draft at those venues. The worst example of this came at Auto Club Speedway where none of the drivers in the final round turned a lap in time.

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