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Pit stops will look a little different when the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads to its final race of the Triple Truck Challenge at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Aug. 30.
First, tires will only be changed during the two stage breaks, which are scheduled to end on laps 55 and 110. During each break, teams have three minutes to do any work they need as usual (i.e., change tires and add fuel). If they don’t finish within three minutes, the trucks will restart at the back of the field.
Teams don’t have to pit during the stage breaks, though, and if they stay out the trucks will line up on the backstretch behind the pace truck. Everyone can pit at this time — those on the lead lap and others who are lapped.
The ones who pit will then lineup behind those who didn’t, with the lead lap trucks first. Lapped trucks are next, then the free pass, wave-around trucks and penalty trucks.
All other cautions will be quickie yellows, and all trucks can come down pit road together to change fuel and make adjustments. NASCAR will work with teams who encounter flat tires or damaged rims.
The procedures are meant to increase the on-track action at WWT.
“We believe these updated procedures are the best fit for the lone NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series standalone race of 2020,” Brad Moran, the series’ managing director, said in a release. “Given the importance of this race in the Triple Truck Challenge and the Gander Trucks playoffs, we wanted to provide our fans with more green-flag racing and place the fate of the bonus in the drivers’ hands.”
The Xfinity Series will use the same procedures at Road America on Aug. 8; they were announced in January.