NASCAR updated its qualification rules following a debacle at the Auto Club 400 event in Fontana, California, on March 1
The cars all parked in the pit The exit of the road is waiting for the last moment of the five-minute session as no-one wanted to try one lap alone without having to pull off other cars to gain speed. Unfortunately, the group waited too long to hit the track and did not make it until the time was up.
"If there are 12 cars, you want to be 11th or 12th in the series." Said Denny Hamlin. "Second, being worse than being third is worse. Being third is worse than fourth and down the line. It really is just a domino effect. "
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The fans were booed, and the starting order was determined by the best times of the previous session. 19659003] "I've seen it in other sports, but never in ours," said Clint Bowyer. "We just booed and that's disappointing."
It's just a problem on the super-speedways, where drawing is important, and a similar scene took place in Las Vegas two races back, but at the time, it worked for everyone. There was no repeat on the slower, half-mile circuit in Martinsville last Sunday, but the next race is at the Texas Motor Speedway, one of the fastest on the track.
The NASCAR has therefore decided that all cars must now post a lap time in the last session or start at the bottom of the field. Once a car leaves its pit, it can not stop on the pit lane. Any driver blocking the pit lane and banning other drivers from leaving the pit lane will be penalized.
The Associated Press contributed to this report