NASCAR personalities positive about knockout qualifying on Twitter

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NASCAR drivers will have a busier qualifying day in 2014 after the sanctioning body’s unveiling of a new, knockout-style qualifying format across all three national series.

Traditional, single-car qualifying has been jettisoned in favor of a two or three-round format that will have 12 drivers in the final round trying to lay down the fastest lap and earn the pole position. NASCAR certainly hopes their move will ramp up excitement for everybody leading to the race itself.

As for what the drivers are thinking about the knockout format, a quick look at Twitter reveals that they’re reacting positively to it. Here’s a few takes from that group…

Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon:

2012 Cup champion Brad Keselowski:

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne:

Former Daytona 500 winner/team owner Michael Waltrip:

And of course, the tracks could really emerge as a winner with this new format if more fans opt to attend qualifying now that it’s been overhauled. Here’s some reactions from that perspective…

Texas Motor Speedway president/GM Eddie Gossage:

Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis:

Pocono Raceway president/CEO Brandon Igdalsky:

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

A post shared by Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) on

IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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