News & Multimedia

New Qualifying Format For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Highlights 2013 Competition Changes

NASCAR today announced a number of competition changes for the 2013 season, highlighted by a new qualifying format in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that places a greater emphasis on speed.
 
Below is a breakdown of next season’s slate of competition updates…
 
Qualifying Format In The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
In NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, the series will move to a 36-6-1 format where the fastest 36 cars will make the race on speed.
 
The next six highest ranking cars in owners points that have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and who have entered the event by the posted entry deadline will also make the field. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owners’ points.
 
Provisional positions in the 36-6-1 format will be lined up by owners’ points, not speed.
 
Since 2005, the top 35 cars in owners’ points were guaranteed a spot in the field. Now, only a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given race.
 
“This is a big win for our fans,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “They’ll see the fastest cars earn their starting spots. This change adds intrigue, drama and excitement to qualifying.” 
 
In 2013, the qualifying order for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events will return to a random draw. However, in the event qualifying is canceled due to rain, the field will be set per the rule book and the starting lineup will continue to be determined by practice speeds.
 
Additionally, provisional positions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be based upon the previous year’s owner points for the first three races, as opposed to the first five races in previous years for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and four races for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
 
Testing Policy Opened Up For 2013
 
Beginning next season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, there will be up to four tests per organization available to teams at tracks at which the series competes. Since 2009, teams could only test at tracks that did not hold NASCAR national series events.
 
“We feel like it’s time to open that up and allow the teams to manage their testing and get back to facilities that host our events,” said Pemberton. “We made the decision at the end of 2008 to restrict testing, primarily for economic reasons. Now we believe it will be best for the garage and for the tracks to have some testing return in 2013.”
 
For the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, starting in 2013, there will be up to two tests per organization at tracks where those series compete.  If the organization has an official Sunoco Rookie of Year candidate, then that team will receive one additional test. Additionally, NASCAR will open track activity early for extended practice at two additional events per series, to be determined.
 
Maximum Field Set At 40 Cars For NASCAR Nationwide Series
 
In an effort to strengthen the ownership base up and create a sense of urgency among teams to make races, the maximum starting field for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be set at 40, as opposed to the 43-car field in previous years.
 
A maximum NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting field will remain at 43 cars while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will hold steady at 36.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
New Qualifying Format For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Highlights 2013 Competition Changes
 
New Qualifying Format For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Highlights 2013 Competition Changes
Rule Places Greater Emphasis On Speed
Read More
Related Media
Hulman Terrace Club
 
On-Sale Now, Hulman Terrace Club Offers Premium Seating for IMS Events
The Hulman Terrace Club, located on the outside of the front straightaway of the famed 2.5-mile oval, features some of the best views of the track plus ADA-accessible seating for fans seeking a club option. All tickets to the Hulman Terrace Club were sold in its inaugural season in 2016. Space is limited, so fans interested in tickets should act now.
Read More
NASCAR Format
 
NASCAR Enhances On-Track Product with New Stage-Based Race Format
NASCAR, in collaboration with industry stakeholders, announced an enhanced competition format that will be implemented in all three of its national series – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Read More
Jimmie Johnson
 
IMS Statement on New NASCAR Format
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles release the following statement regarding format changes announced by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series officials this evening:
Read More
Carl Edwards
 
IMS Statement on Retirement of Carl Edwards
Edwards first ran the Brickyard 400 in 2005. He placed in the top ten three times, finishing second in 2008. Over the course of his NASCAR career he compiled 28 race victories, 22 poles and 124 top five finishes.
Read More
Alexander Rossi
 
IMS President Doug Boles Shares Favorite Moments of 2016
As we quickly close in on 2017, I thought it might be appropriate to recall 16 of my favorite moments from this historic year! These are clearly not all of the memories I will take away from this awesome year and they are not in any particular order.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 717
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Al Unser to Return to Racing for Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational - #SVRA https://t.co/t2Nis05LWZ https://t.co/hy1jbFs4LX
about 20 minutes ago