NASCAR’s new Sprint Cup format – Nothing to get mad about

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - JANUARY 30: Brian France, NASCAR CEO and Chairman, speaks during the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - JANUARY 30: Brian France, NASCAR CEO and Chairman, speaks during the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – JANUARY 30: Brian France, NASCAR CEO and Chairman, speaks during the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

We now know that the face of NASCAR’s top three touring series for 2014 will look quite different in some respects. No longer will Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series fans be forced to wait hours watching single car qualifying sessions to determine who will start where; qualifying is now knockout style, fast-paced, almost a race in and of itself to see who will win the right to lead the field to the green flag on race day.

Change is never easy, but change is here and starting with the second race of the season.

“I wasn’t really excited about change that much until a lot of change started happening, so I guess I had to get used to it,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said this week during the Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. MORE>>>

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