NASCAR To Make Changes To The Nextel Cup Qualifying Format

NASCAR To Make Changes To The Nextel Cup Qualifying Format

NASCAR To Make Changes To The Nextel Cup Qualifying Format
Aug 14, 2007

NASCAR will make changes to the Nextel Cup qualifying format sooner rather than later. A source within NASCAR confirmed to Captain Thunder that they would indeed change the way teams qualify for Nextel Cup races, and the changes will take place this season instead of next.

Currently, all race entries are placed in to a “lottery type” format to decide qualifying order and all entries must qualify against one another. But, not for long.

Beginning with the first Chase race at New Hampshire, teams inside the top 35 in owner points will qualify separately from teams outside of the Top 35. Teams inside the Top 35 will qualify first with teams outside of the Top 35 qualifying later in the day.

In the event of a rain out after Top 35 qualifying is over, the remaining eight spots will be decided by owner points and past champion’s provisional’s. If qualifying is completely rained out, NASCAR will still revert back to owner points.

Toyota’s foray in to Nextel Cup racing has been hit hard by the current qualifying format and team owners have asked for a change to the format. Most notably, Michael Waltrip of Michael Waltrip Racing who is rumored to be paying 350k back to Toyota for every race his team misses. Waltrip’s #55 Toyota Camry has missed 17 of 22 races this season due to poor qualifying efforts. His team currently sits 52nd in the Nextel Cup point standings.

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