Updated NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Procedure

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Mike S., Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Mike S.

    Mike S. GIF Hall Of Fame Class Of 2007 Staff Member

    Due to no practice and qualifying for the remainder of the season, the following procedure will be used for the remainder of 2020 to set the starting lineups:

    NASCAR will now use three competition-based performance metrics to determine the starting lineup – including the Busch Pole Award in the NASCAR Cup Series and the Cometic Gaskets Pole Award in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – and pit selection order for each race, replacing the random draw procedure that has been in place for a majority of races since NASCAR’s return to racing at Darlington Raceway in May.

    NASCAR will reward both season-long and single-race performance to determine the lineup and pit selection, using owner points position and the finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race. The metrics will be weighted and averaged to establish the starting order. Points position will be weighted at 35%; finishing position at 50%; fastest race lap at 15%.

    When the Playoffs begin, Playoff cars will fill the top starting positions. For instance, in the Round of 16, the top 16 starting positions will be Playoff cars; in the Round of 12, the top 12 starting positions will be Playoff cars; and so on