Changes will get impact this weekend in Bristol
By: Al Pearce on March 12, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – NASCAR is currently adjusting their new qualifying format. The new changes will consider impact this weekend in Bristol.
In response to complaints and recommendations from owners, drivers and crew chiefs, NASCAR has altered the way it conducts “knockout” qualifying for its 3 key touring series. The alterations are powerful this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams, and effective on March 29 for the Camping Globe Truck Series teams at Martinsville Speedway.
The change focuses on how teams great their engines in the course of the “all in” qualifying sessions. Teams get 3 timed sessions on tracks longer than 1.25 miles and 2 sessions on tracks shorter than one.25 miles. Teams have complained that drivers striving for a clean lap at speed have occasionally been hindered by drivers running extremely gradually to awesome their engine prior to generating one more pace run.
NASCAR hopes to resolve that (even even though reducing the chance of accidents) by enabling teams to great their engines on pit street the 2 for the duration of and among qualifying sessions runs. In addition, drivers can no longer run “cool-down laps” on the racetrack.
Especially: one unit might now be connected by means of the left side or appropriate side hood flap/cowl flap to amazing the engine the hood should continue to be closed generators will not be permitted and 2 crewmen will be permitted in excess of the wall to service the driver and the automobile. As before, drivers can make as many qualifying runs as they want in the time allotted or can remain on pit street as lengthy as they want for the duration of every single session.
NASCAR introduced the new group qualifying system in January and monitored the process at Daytona Beach (for Nationwide and Truck Series) and Phoenix and Las Vegas (for Cup and Nationwide). The key concern was from those worried about the disparity of speeds among drivers in a qualifying run and drivers working slowly to awesome their engines. Several crew chiefs and drivers asked NASCAR to allow cooling products for their cars on pit road, as a result eliminating dangerously slow laps on the track.
“The qualifying is new to all of us, and we are seeking at it from all facets,” stated Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition and racing growth. “Following discussions, both internally and with other individuals in the garage region, we moved quickly to make a couple of revisions. We believe this will only enhance and increase what has demonstrated to be an thrilling kind of qualifying for our supporters, rivals and other folks concerned with the sport. Moving forward we will proceed to look at it and handle anything else that we may possibly want to as the season unfolds.”
Rookie Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing won the pole for the Daytona 500 employing the standard single-auto qualifying technique. Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano won the pole at Phoenix and Las Vegas employing the new “group” format. 2-round qualifying for this weekend’s Food City 500 at Bristol is Friday afternoon, with all autos with each other in the opening 30-minute session, then the fastest twelve moving to the 10-minute session that determines the first 6 rows on the 43-vehicle grid.
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