NASCAR Making Qualifying Change


Drivers will no longer back out of their pit stalls when qualifying begins. (Photo: Getty Images)


NASCAR will implement a change in procedure to qualifying beginning this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

Drivers will no longer back out of their pit stalls when qualifying begins. The new rule will be in place for all three of NASCAR’s top divisions and both the XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series will employ the change this weekend at ACS.

The change came at the request of the drivers who were concerned about the congestion on pit road when cars were backed out of pit stalls at the start of qualifying.

“We’re looking at not backing in the cars any more,” said Steve O’Donnell on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.” “We did that initially working everybody, with you guys and TV partners in terms of access to the drivers. As we’ve gone through it we’ve learned some different things so we won’t have the cars backed in. We’ll send a memo out to the teams this week where we’ll tweak it.

“As with anything you keep learning if we can make it better and we will and this is just another slight adjustment as we head into California.”

Cars will be parked in their pit stall with the nose pointing toward the track at the start of this weekend’s qualifying sessions. When a driver returns to pit road they will then back into each stall.

One exception is at Martinsville Speedway where Sprint Cup cars will leave from their garage stall for qualifying since Camping World Truck teams use pit road as the work area.

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