NASCAR fans will see a change in the number of green-white-checkered finish attempts this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR will reduce the number of attempts from three to only one due to several safety issues that have arose in the past.
NASCAR will also use the double-file restart method for the one and only attempt. Rumors swirled around the possibility of having a single-file restart during the one and only GWC-finish attempt.
“I think it’s a good idea just based on past history of what would you have seen on green-white-checkereds as far as really just destroying racecars,” Martin Truex Jr. said on NASCAR’s weekly teleconference. “I think the chances when you go to Talladega of bringing a car home [in one piece] are slim. If you have green-white-checkereds there, the chance of not bringing a car home goes up pretty dramatically. I think for the owners or everybody involved, I would be okay limiting it to one. Hopefully it doesn’t even come down to one, but you never know. I think it’s a good idea to think about it.”
The GWC finishes have had mixed feelings among the NASCAR fans since implemented in 2004. Some have even offered mixed feelings when the sanctioning body implemented double-file restarts in 2009.
The new change will apply to both the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup series races this coming weekend. Decisions on extending this rule into 2016 and beyond has yet to be determined.