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NASCAR Alters Qualifying Format for Upcoming Races at Talladega Superspeedway

September 4th, 2014 at 10:46 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The last time NASCAR was at a restrictor-plate track was on the Fourth of July weekend in Daytona and one thing became clear. NASCAR needed to make a change to the knockout qualifying procedure used.

On Thursday NASCAR announced changes for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekend from October 17-19 at Talladega Superspeedway that will make for a fast-paced three rounds and more excitement for the fans.

Knockout qualifying has been a success in its first season but at the restrictor-plate tracks the sessions were very boring with teams trying to get lined up in the best draft situation in order to turn the fastest lap possible. At Daytona in July groups of cars were creeping around the track very slow for the majority of the sessions.

"This revision in national series qualifying at Talladega should be more exciting for our fans," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president of competition and racing development in the release. "It will feature a more accelerated pace, provide greater opportunity for team strategy to come into play and it should more closely resemble actual racing conditions."

All three rounds of qualifying will now only consist of five minutes. The first round however will be split into two groups. The fastest 24 drivers combined from both first groups will advance to Round 2. Round 2 will be five minutes with all 24 advancing drivers on the track and the fastest 12 will advance to Round 3. In the final third round the pole will be determined in the five minute session of 12 fastest drivers.

Qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega can be seen on October 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series can be seen on October 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS.

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