Today at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton announced that the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series will not use a single-car qualifying format in the upcoming season.
According to NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello, Pemberton said the final changes will be revealed later this month and that they would go into effect during the NNS and CWTS’ season-opening events at Daytona in February.
Additionally, Pemberton revealed that qualifying for the Daytona 500 will remain in its current form – single-car qualifying for the front row and then the Budweiser Duels at Daytona to set the rest of the field for “The Great American Race.”
However, a new qualifying format for Sprint Cup following the Daytona 500 could be on the way as well. Pemberton noted that final details were still being worked out in that regard.
NASCAR began making tweaks to its qualifying procedures this past season, when it moved to a group qualifying format for the road course events.
Additionally, the subject of doing away with single-car qualifying across all three NASCAR national series was broached in an October meeting at NASCAR’s Research and Development center in Charlotte, North Carolina.