NASCAR finally gets it right with knockout qualifying

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 27, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 27, 2013 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – SEPTEMBER 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 27, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

It’s something I have wanted to see for years. And Wednesday NASCAR announced it. Starting this season the old days of boring single car qualifying sessions will be a thing of the past; NASCAR laid out its new format for qualifying and will use a knockout style format similar to that used in Formula 1.

It’s a great decision that will leave fans breathless on qualifying days instead of wondering how they will stay awake.  It also gives tracks another outlet to sell tickets as qualifying will definitely be something to watch each week.

For tracks one and a quarter mile or longer,all cars will go out for 25 minutes MORE>>>

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