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NASCAR starting lineup and pit stall procedures have been adjusted, beginning with the events at the Daytona International Speedway road course through the end of the season, NASCAR announced Aug. 6.
A combination of finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50%), rank in team owner points standings (35%) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%) will be used to set the lineup and select pit stalls.
“We kind of consulted the playoff teams and then a few other ones as to what would be the best way to go,” Scott Miller, NASCAR svp of competition, said in a release. “We beat up several different things and feel really good where we landed. We feel like where we landed kind of serves both ends of the field — the perennial front-runners and then the rest of the cars still will have an opportunity to improve their starting spot. We feel like these metrics actually serve the field pretty well.”
Additionally, the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award and the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Cometic Gaskets Pole Award will return.
Previously, the lineup was set via random draw in groups based on owner points, except for the Coca-Cola 600, for which qualifying was held.
“It’s been a heck of an industry-wide cooperative effort to be able to get us here,” Miller said. “These changes, especially the lineup one, when we did the random draw thing in the beginning, we looked at that as temporary. I think we all looked at and hoped — had our fingers crossed — that COVID was going to be a short-term thing. Well, it’s turned out to be obviously quite the opposite of that. So leading into the playoffs, it was just apparent to us that the random draw thing had served us well, but the playoffs needed something different, for sure.”