Friday, August 27, 2010

NASCAR Changes up Qualifying Procedures for Sunday’s Nationwide Race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

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When you sit down Saturday to watch qualifying for Sunday’s Nationwide race from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve don’t be surprised if things look a little different. That’s right, instead of the traditional method of qualifying NASCAR has chosen to change things up a bit. Below are the rules:

  • Cars attempting to quality will be divided into 8 groups. The first 6 groups will include 6 cars; the remaining groups will have 5 cars each.
  • Group assignments will be based on first practice times.
  • Each qualifying group will be on-track for approximately 7 minutes.
  • A car’s best lap time during the group session will be the lap time of record.
  • A group’s time begins when the first car receives the green flag at the start/finish line.
  • Time will stop only in the event of a red flag. Time will begin again when the first car retakes the green flag.
  • A car must qualify in its assigned group unless otherwise designated by the Series Director.
  • Once a car enters pit road or service area it may not re-enter the qualifying group.
  • A five-minute clock may be applied to a car that does not enter the qualifying group at the designated time.

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