NASCAR Announces Pole Qualifying Changes for 2014

NASCAR has announced that a group qualifying format will replace the single-entry attempts previously used to determine the starting grid for each race. The qualifying will now consist of three rounds at tracks measuring 1.25 miles or longer and two rounds at tracks measuring less than 1.25 miles.
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Under the three-round format, all entries will have 25 minutes to post a lap time, after which the fastest 24 cars will advance to the second round, where they will have 10 minutes to post a new qualifying round. Finally, the 12 fastest entries will advance to a third round which will last five minutes.

There will be five-minute breaks between each round during which teams are allowed to make adjustments to their entries. However, they will not be permitted to jack the vehicle or raise the hood.

Moving over to the two-round format, all entries will have 30 minutes to post an official qualifying time before the fastest 12 cars will advance to the final ten-minute round. There will be a ten-minute break between the two.

The change will be in effect for all three national series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck - beginning with the 2014 season. For more info, check out the video and the official press release below.

press release

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