NASCAR has once again made adjustments to the qualifying rounds after noting that drivers spent a good bit of the allotted time on pit road instead of on the track making qualifying runs.
At tracks where there are three rounds of qualifying, rounds one and two will last only 10 minutes each with the final round lasting only five minutes. The break between the rounds will go from seven minutes to five minutes each.
The two tracks where restrictor plates are used – Daytona and Talladega – the current two rounds of single car qualifying will continue. Road course races will continue with two rounds of qualifying – of 25 and 10 minutes.
Speaking on the changes, NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said, “really as we looked at what was going on, it was obvious that we didn’t need that extra five minutes. Tightening that first round up a bit and tightening up the time between the rounds, we think that was somewhat with TV partners and just making a tighter, more interesting show out of it for our fans.”
Continuing the practice from the 2018 season, Monster Energy Cup Series drivers with at lest five years of Series experience may participate in only seven Xfinity Series races and five Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. Monster Cup Series drivers are not eligible to earn points in any other series; nor are they eligible for running any of the Dash 4 Cash, Triple Truck Challenge, or any of the playoff races.
NASCAR has also decided that each one of the racing series – Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Gander Outdoors Truck Series – will have their own team of inspection specialists. The Monster Cup Series will have 12 inspectors, the Xfinity Series will have 10 inspectors, and the Truck Series will have eight inspectors.