NASCAR Announces Procedural Changes

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NASCAR has announced a number of procedural changes for 2016 with the new season scheduled to open this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR has announced a number of procedural changes for 2016 with the new season scheduled to open this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Qualifying – Sprint Cup Series

Daytona 500

- Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position.
- Four non-Charter (Open) teams are eligible for starting positions.
- The highest-finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position in the Daytona 500.
- The final two starting positions are awarded to Open teams based on qualifying speeds if not already a top finisher in a Duel race.
- Qualifying sets the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineups for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter teams and Open teams split evenly between both races.
- If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the two top-finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500.
- If the second Can-Am Duel race is cancelled due to weather, the highest-finishing Open team from the first race earns a starting position, with the three other Open teams determined by qualifying.
- If both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, qualifying determines all four Open teams.
- If qualifying and both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds are used to determine the four Open teams.
- If all on-track activity prior to the race is cancelled due to weather, 2015 owner points will be used to determine the four Open teams.

All Other Championship Race Events

- Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position and four Open teams are eligible for starting positions.
- Qualifying results will determine the Open team starting positions, assuming the event is run as scheduled.
- If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds determine the four Open teams.
- If practice and qualifying are cancelled due to weather, owner points determine the four Open teams (events 1-3 revert to 2015 owner points)

NASCAR Overtime

For all three NASCAR national series, a race may be concluded with overtime, consisting of a new procedure for a green-white-checkered finish featuring an "overtime line." The location of the overtime line will vary by track.

After taking the green flag on the overtime restart, if the leader then passes the overtime line on the first lap under green before a caution comes out (a "clean restart"), it will be considered a valid green-white-checkered attempt. However, if a caution comes out before the leader passes the overtime line on the first lap under green, it will not be considered a valid attempt and a subsequent attempt will be made. If necessary, multiple subsequent attempts will be made until a valid attempt occurs.

Once a valid attempt is achieved (clean restart), it will become the only attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. If a caution comes out at any time during the valid green-white-checkered attempt, the field will be frozen and the checkered/yellow or checkered/red will be displayed to cars at the finish line.

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