NASCAR adjusts qualifying knockout system amid safety concerns

NASCAR has adjusted the rules for its new-for-2014 knockout qualifying system amid concerns about the dangers of drivers slowing on cool-down laps

NASCAR adjusts qualifying knockout system amid safety concerns

The previous single-car format was ditched in favour of a Formula 1-inspired method this season.

While broadly welcomed, the new system gave rise to some near-misses at Phoenix and Las Vegas in recent weeks as drivers on flying laps came across competitors driving much slower to cool their engines between runs.

NASCAR has now allowed cool-down units to be used on pitlane between flying laps, provided cars' bonnets remain closed and generators are not plugged in, with two crew members permitted in pitlane to assist.

It has consequently banned the practice of cool-down laps on track as it believes the pitlane allowances should be sufficient.

NASCAR's vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said it had always been likely that tweaks might be required early in the very different new format.

"The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects," said Pemberton.

"Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

"We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport.

"Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds."

shares
comments
Penske believes 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup slump helped Keselowski

Previous article

Penske believes 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup slump helped Keselowski

Next article

Bristol NASCAR: Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs halt Penske pole run

Bristol NASCAR: Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs halt Penske pole run
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR
Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

NASCAR
Feb 28, 2021
How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport Plus

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport

It's 20 years since legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr died at the Daytona 500, but the legacy of his crash continues today through the pioneering safety work done by NASCAR

NASCAR
Feb 18, 2021
The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021 Plus

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season

NASCAR
Feb 12, 2021
How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career Plus

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

NASCAR
Feb 11, 2021
Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines Plus

Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines

The American stock car scene is more famous for its close racing and occasional punch-ups, but there have been some fantastic machines too. As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we picked out five of its best

NASCAR
Jan 3, 2021
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Plus

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future

NASCAR
Nov 17, 2020
Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy Plus

Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy

The last season of a retiring NASCAR great has shown promise, and may have resulted in another playoff push without small issues outside his control. 2020 won't be the year Jimmie Johnson would have wanted, but it won't be what he is remembered for

NASCAR
Sep 3, 2020
Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR Plus

Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR

Comparing Porsche's 919 HYBRID LMP1 to NASCAR is motorsport's equivalent of apples and oranges, but this weekend one of Weissach's top works aces will pit his skills against the regulars and revive the tradition of the 'road-course ringer'

NASCAR
Aug 13, 2020