It has been a rather odd season for NASCAR, its fans, and especially the drivers.
As the season moves forward with no more practice or qualifying runs as NASCAR continues to limit the number of personnel at the tracks; the sport also continues to tweak the rules while trying to keep things exciting for both drivers and fans.
A very popular rule for dirt track races – the Choose Rule- has come to NASCAR. The rule was included in the rules package for the annual All Star race last month at Bristol Speedway. Beginning with the races this weekend at Michigan International Speedway the Choose Rule will be a part of NASCAR.
The rule will not apply to the road courses and the superspeedway tracks of Daytona and Talladega. The rule does not apply to race starts but will occur on restarts.
There is a spot on the track with an orange V where the drivers will have to make their choice of whether they want the restart in the inside or outside lanes. Drivers who cross over the box inside the V will have to restart the race from the back of the field.
Since the restart of the season in May, the starting lineup for most of the races have been set by a random draw based on driver points. On weekends where there have been double header races, the field for the second race was set the inverting a portion of the field and the results from the previous race.
On August 5, NASCAR announced that there will be a change to how the starting lineups and pit stall selections will be made.
Using a competition based system where the finishing order from the previous race, team owner points standings, and the fastest lap in the previous race; the new formula will be used beginning with the road course races at Daytona International Speedway beginning August 15. The formula will also be used to determine the winner for the pole in the NASCAR Cup and Gander RV and Outdoor Truck Series races.