Jan 22, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT
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:
Man I really like what NASCAR is doing to add more excitement to an already great weekend at all the tracks we race at.—
Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) January 22, 2014
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: