NASCAR announced qualifying changes Wednesday for its top three touring series starting this season.
NASCAR will use knockout style qualifying similar to that used in Formula 1. For tracks, one and a quarter mile or longer, all cars will go out for 25 minutes; the top 24 cars according to their best lap will then go out for 10 minutes. The top 12 of those cars will then go out for a five-minute shootout to determine the top 12 starting lineup including the pole. For tracks less than a mile and a quarter, all cars will go out for 30 minutes, then the top 12 will go out for 10 minutes.
In short qualifying will now consist of three rounds at the larger tracks MORE>>>