NASCAR is reacting to the criticism from last Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup group qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway by making changes Wednesday to the group qualifying sessions that will take place for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series later this week. Last Sunday marked the first time NASCAR used their group qualifying session in this format at Daytona. The knockout style qualifying met with some criticism when it was tried on the last superspeedway the series visited, Talladega last October. Sunday’s session at Daytona left drivers feeling frustrated just as they were at Talladega last fall.
“The frustrating part is dealing with this whole system which makes no sense whatsoever,” driver Ryan Newman who was knocked out in the first round said. “It’s hard to stand behind NASCAR when everybody I talk to up and down pit road doesn’t understand why we’re doing this.”
The session was separated into three rounds all five minutes long. The first round consisted of a group of 24 cars. As they had done last fall the group waited nearly two minutes before going out. It wasn’t long before a crash ended the hopes of several drivers. Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, Bobby Labonte and JJ Yeley got together between turns 1 and 2. MORE>>>