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.