New Road Race Qualifying Protocol

Clint Bowyer

(WOMR file photo)

Beginning tomorrow NASCAR will be shelving the traditional method of qualifying used at all the oval tracks in favor of a new method of qualifying at the at both of the road courses.  For Sonoma and Watkins Glen the new protocol for qualifying at those road courses will involve group qualifying.

Single-car qualifying on road courses will be discontinued this week, and later this summer at The Glen. Instead, cars will be assigned to one of five or six groups based on practice speeds, slowest to fastest. Within those groups, cars will be separated fastest to slowest and released at intervals.

Each group will have a window in which cars can complete their qualifying, each likely receiving three laps at full speed. A car’s fastest lap will count, and the field will be set based upon overall qualifying speeds. This process has been used previously for NASCAR Nationwide Series road course qualifications.

Check out the qualifying order for the Toyota SaveMart 350.


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