June 4, 2011
NASCAR revises qualifying order format
By Sports Network
Kansas City, KS – NASCAR revealed on Saturday it will change its qualifying order procedure for the Sprint Cup Series, beginning with next weekend's race at Pocono Raceway.
The order will be determined by speeds -- from slowest to fastest -- posted during the first practice session only. It will no longer be separated between those teams that are top-35 in owner points, which automatically locks them into the starting field, and teams that must qualify on speed.
Since the start of the 2011 season, NASCAR had set the order based on overall practice speeds from all practices.
The qualifying order for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will no longer be separated from those teams already locked in the field from the ones that have to qualify on speed. It went into effect this weekend. The order for both series continues to be based on the overall speeds in practice.
Nationwide is running at Chicagoland Speedway, while the Truck Series joins Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway this weekend.