Single-car qualifying is back.
NASCAR announced Wednesday that all three national series will go back to the single-vehicle qualifying procedure, which will also be one round, at all tracks except for road courses. Drivers will be allowed to take two timed laps on tracks that are 1.25 miles in length while the tracks that are larger than 1.25 miles will see drivers only get one timed lap.
Group qualifying – which was introduced in 2014 – will continue to be used at road courses.
The previous race’s starting lineup will determine the qualifying order. For example, in the NASCAR Cup Series, the top 20 starters from the previous race will draw to take their qualifying lap in positions 21-40 (the second half of qualifying). The remainder of the cars will draw to qualify in positions 1-20.
This procedure goes into effect starting this weekend at Dover International Speedway.