NASCAR Updates Qualifying Rules
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR will no longer allow cool down laps during the new knockout qualifying system that is being utilized by all three national touring divisions.
However, NASCAR will now allow teams to use one cool down unit connected through either the left side or right side hood flap/cowl flap during each qualifying session. The hood must continue to remain closed and plugging in the generator will not be allowed. Two crew members will be allowed over the wall to support the car and driver.
NASCAR instituted the new knockout qualifying format for its three national series in January.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”