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BC-CAR--NASCAR-Qualifying New Rules

March 25, 2019
NASCAR set new qualifying rules to avoid another embarrassment like the one two weeks ago. Not a single driver logged a lap in the final qualifying session at California. The drivers tried to game the system and it backfired. NASCAR promised new rules and now says a driver must log a lap or start at the back of the field. There will also be penalties if a driver stops on pit road after the car has left its stall.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR tweaked its qualifying procedures Monday to avoid a repeat of the session two weeks ago in which all 12 drivers in the final round failed to log an official lap.

NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller accused the drivers of “making a mockery out of the qualifying process” when they all idled on pit road until the final second to attempt their qualifying lap. But the drivers all blew the timing, none completed a lap before the clock ran out, and fans booed the shenanigans.

So beginning Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR said all cars must post a lap time or start at the rear of the field. Once a car leaves its pit stall it cannot stop on pit road.

Any driver who blocks pit road and prohibits other drivers from exiting pit road will incur a penalty.


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