NASCAR changes qualifying procedure for Talladega and Daytona

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick called last falls Talladega qualifying session "the stupidest thing he'd ever seen." (Getty Images)
2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick called last falls Talladega qualifying session "the stupidest thing he'd ever seen." (Getty Images)
2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick called last falls Talladega qualifying session “the stupidest thing he’d ever seen.” (Getty Images)

NASCAR announced Monday that it has changed the qualifying procedure for the May Talladega race and the July race at Daytona again. The change comes less than a year after the procedure was changed resulting in what drivers said was frustrating qualifying session at the fall Talladega race. Cars will now have only one timed lap instead of having their fastest lap.

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick called the Talladega qualifying session “the stupidest thing he’d ever seen.” And Jeff Gordon who, like Denny Hamlin, Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson, needed an owner’s provisional to make the field said, “It’s a mess out there.”

NASCAR said that qualifying for May’s Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July events at Daytona International Speedway, will consist of the following MORE>>>

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