Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NASCAR Updates Sprint Cup Series Race Eligibility

NASCAR Updates Sprint Cup Series Race Eligibility   
Chase Provisional Implemented for Open Teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 28, 2016) – NASCAR today announced updated procedures for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race eligibility and new provisional starting guidelines for races during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Starting with Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (7:45 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), current year owner points will replace practice speeds for determining race eligibility and starting position in the event adverse conditions prevent Coors Light Pole qualifying from taking place. Starting in 2017, for the second and third events of the season, practice speeds for Open teams will remain the criteria used to determine race eligibility.

NASCAR also announced that Open teams that earn a berth in the Chase will be awarded a provisional starting position for every Chase race, guaranteeing those teams an opportunity to compete for the championship in NASCAR’s playoffs.

“These changes provide a more even competition field for both Charter and Open teams, rewarding strong performances over the course of a season,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president, racing operations. “Earning a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is extremely difficult and requires consistent elite performance. Those teams should be guaranteed an opportunity to race for the title, and this ensures that will be the case.”
The creation of provisional starting positions for Open teams that earn a berth in the Chase has been discussed extensively with industry stakeholders.

The adverse conditions qualifying procedures remain unchanged for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.   

Friday, June 10, 2016

New Rules Package Additions

New Rules Package Additions To Debut At Michigan/6/10/16
NASCAR will debut rules updates for this Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway and use them again in the July 9 contest at Kentucky Speedway. The rules package developments are part of an industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the racing.
Recently, welded truck trailing arms and new brake cooling rules were put into place. The following updates to the rules package will be added at Michigan and Kentucky to further reduce downforce and sideforce:
·         Reduce skew generated sideforce by setting rear toe to zero (same rule used in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race)
·         Aero package tweaks to reduce aero-generated downforce and sideforce
o    Spoiler shortened from 3.5 inches to 2.5 inches
o    Splitter reduced to 2 inches
o    Resize of deck fin to match spoiler
The current rules package has generated some of the closest racing in years through the first 14 races of 2016. Highlights include three races setting track records for green flag passes for the lead, as well as two races featuring the seventh-closest margin of victory in NSCS history (since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993).

Saturday, February 20, 2016

NASCAR specifies penalties for behavioral issues

NASCAR specifies penalties for behavioral issues

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR has strengthened the way the sanctioning body deals with behavioral issues as it relates to member conduct, both on and off the race track, with updates to its current policy announced Friday.

"It's an effort by the sanctioning body to improve the level of transparency within the grounds of how competitors' actions are dealt with both on the track and off the track," Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, said. "An evolution of the rules … to become more transparent to all participants involved, all stakeholders involved."

Cassidy said it was not an attempt to change the way drivers race.

"NASCAR is an aggressive sport," he said. "We understand the drivers are going to be aggressive to race for position. That is not going to change. That's a very significant point, it's spelled out in the rule and we understand that. 

"But we also understand that there are points in time when the competitors cross the line and they should have a better understanding of what exactly may transpire if it's determined they crossed the line."

NASCAR's current deterrence system dealing with competition issues rank infractions, from lowest (warnings) to Level P6 (most severe). That won't be the case under Member Conduct Guidelines outlined in the  2016 NASCAR Rule Book for all three National Series (Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series).

But the range of potential penalties does increase, depending on the severity of the action.

A confrontation that does not include physical violence, such as a simple shove, shouting match or "venting," could result in a meeting with officials, a warning or possibly probation.

Disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR's leadership, verbal abuse of an official, media member, fans, etc., or intentionally damaging another vehicle under yellow or red flag conditions or on pit road with no one around could result in a fine ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 and/or probation.

Actions more egregious could result in the loss of 25-50 championship driver and team owner points, in addition to increased fines and/or race suspensions or termination.

Those include physical confrontations with NASCAR officials, media members or fans, member-to-member confrontations with physical violence, attempting to manipulate the outcome of the race or championship and intentionally wrecking another vehicle.

An action such as "premeditatedly removing another competitor from competition in a dangerous manner when not racing for position based on the available evidence and specific circumstances of the incident" could result in a loss of 150-200 driver and owner points and/or a two-race suspension, indefinite suspension or termination.

Cassidy said the changes were not the result of any one specific incident, but "I would say what we have learned after talking to everybody is that everybody wants to understand more clearly where possible what potential ramifications can be in different scenarios.

"So this is an effort to go down that road," he said.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NASCAR FAST FACTS - 2016 Procedural Changes 2/2016

NASCAR FAST FACTS - 2016 Procedural Changes  2/2016

Maximum Field Sizes / Corresponding New Points Systems
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Maximum 40-car field (36 Charter team cars, 4 Open team cars), race winner awarded 40 points, 40th place awarded one point.
NASCAR XFINITY Series – Maximum 40-car field, race winner awarded 40 points, 40th place awarded one point.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Maximum 32-truck field, race winner awarded 32 points, 32nd place awarded one point

New points systems apply to driver, owner, and manufacturer championships. Existing 2015 Bonus points remain in place for 2016. 

Qualifying – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Daytona 500 Specific
-          Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position
-          Four Open teams are eligible for starting positions
o    The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position
o    The final two starting positions are awarded to Open teams based on Coors Light Pole Qualifying if not already a top finisher in a Duel race
-          Qualifying sets the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter team and Open team cars split evenly throughout both races
-          If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the top two finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500
-          If the second Can-Am Duel race is cancelled due to weather, the highest finishing Open team from the first race earns a starting position, with the other three Open teams determined by qualifying
-          If both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, qualifying determines all four Open teams
-          If qualifying and both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds are used to determine the four Open teams
-          If all on-track activity prior to the race is cancelled due to weather, 2015 Owner points will be used to determine the four Open teams

All Other Championship Race events

-          Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position and four Open teams are eligible for starting positions.
-          Qualifying results will determine the Open team starting positions assuming the event is run as scheduled
-          If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds determine the four Open teams
-          If practice and qualifying are cancelled due to weather, Owner points determine the four Open teams (events 1-3 revert to 2015 Owner points)

NASCAR Overtime
For all three NASCAR national series, a race may be concluded with overtime, consisting of a new procedure for a green-white-checkered flag finish featuring an “overtime line.” The location of the overtime line will vary by track.

After taking the green on the overtime restart, if the leader then passes the overtime line on the first lap under green before a caution comes out (a “clean restart”), it will be considered a valid green-white-checkered attempt. However, if a caution comes out before the leader passes the overtime line on the first lap under green, it will not be considered a valid attempt, and a subsequent attempt will be made.  If necessary, multiple subsequent attempts will be made until a valid attempt occurs.

Once a valid attempt is achieved (clean restart), it will become the only attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.  If a caution comes out at any time during the valid green-white-checkered attempt, the field will be frozen and the checkered/yellow or checkered/red displayed to cars at the finish line.