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NASCAR personalities positive about knockout qualifying on Twitter

Jan 22, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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NASCAR drivers will have a busier qualifying day in 2014 after the sanctioning body’s unveiling of a new, knockout-style qualifying format across all three national series.

Traditional, single-car qualifying has been jettisoned in favor of a two or three-round format that will have 12 drivers in the final round trying to lay down the fastest lap and earn the pole position. NASCAR certainly hopes their move will ramp up excitement for everybody leading to the race itself.

As for what the drivers are thinking about the knockout format, a quick look at Twitter reveals that they’re reacting positively to it. Here’s a few takes from that group…

Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon:

2012 Cup champion Brad Keselowski:

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne:

Former Daytona 500 winner/team owner Michael Waltrip:

And of course, the tracks could really emerge as a winner with this new format if more fans opt to attend qualifying now that it’s been overhauled. Here’s some reactions from that perspective…

Texas Motor Speedway president/GM Eddie Gossage:

Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis:

Pocono Raceway president/CEO Brandon Igdalsky:

  1. demodawg - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    First off, I don’t see how this is going to ‘generate’ any excitement?Secondly, if a driver had an opposing view, the certainly would not be able to express it without being fined by NASCAR for ‘actions deemed hurtful to NASCAR’.

  2. Chris Estrada - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Not necessarily, demodawg. Denny Hamlin got popped last year for $25,000 after Phoenix (March) for criticizing the racing product with the Gen 6 cars…But then Brad Keselowski verbally attacked NASCAR after Texas (April), where officials confiscated parts from his and Joey Logano’s car in inspection – but he wasn’t fined.

    The difference, as articulated by Brian France himself, was that Keselowski criticized the *decision* by NASCAR officials in Texas, whereas Hamlin was found to have criticized the actual *racing product* at Phoenix – a big no-no in NASCAR’s eyes.

    From my perspective, the knockout format is a decision at this point and so, drivers could criticize it if they wanted to. But if it doesn’t go over well after they’ve done it at Phoenix (remember, Daytona 500 qualifying remains as is) and they rag on it…Then I’d figure somebody’s wallet would get lighter.

    Thanks for reading,
    CE

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