Nationwide, Trucks will no longer have single-car qualifying

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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.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.