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Might NASCAR do away with single-car qualifying?

Oct 25, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Could single-car qualifying be on the way out for NASCAR? It’s now possible, per a competition meeting at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Charlotte held Thursday.

One of the items discussed was the potential elimination of single-car qualifying and a shift to a group format, similar to what is now in use for NASCAR’s road courses.

That would be implemented at all tracks except Daytona and Talladega. The two restrictor plate tracks would feature a 45-50 minute open session where drafting would be possible.

“Nothing (is) in stone yet,” Kerry Tharp, NASCAR’s senior director of competition communications, said in a report. “We believe it would provide a much more enjoyable experience for the fans who are not only at the track, but those who are watching as well.”

  1. wallio - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I like this idea, especially the draft fest at the plate tracks. It would be cool to see the four Hendrick cars tucked underneath one another for a few laps.

  2. barkar942 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    How about heat races? All heat races, no matter what track, would be 15 miles on whatever track you run (or the total of miles of completed laps just past 15). Most money earned starts last, least first. 43 spots divided by 3 heats = 14-16 cars a heat- 8 qualify straight to the feature- that leaves roughly 25 cars to run a consi- the starting position would be based on your finishing position from your heat. Finishers one through ten in the consi take up positions 25-34. The remaining unqualified cars spots are based on point standings for 35-42 and one former champion for the final spot, and if not needed, one more from points.
    Screw everything being based on speed. Now, Mr. France, Saturday qualifying means something, and fans just might watch!

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