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Sport Teams no longer required to start races on qualifying tires

01:56  17 may  2018
01:56  17 may  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Teams had been required to start races from the rear of the field if they changed tires after qualifying . NASCAR also changed the number of tires that are supplied to teams in a race weekend. Beginning with the Coke 600, teams will have four sets of tires for practice and qualifying

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will no longer be required to start the race with the tires on which they qualified , according to Wednesday’s official NASCAR Rule Book update. Starting on the qualifying set will be optional beginning with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on

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NASCAR issued a change to its rulebook Wednesday no longer requiring Cup Series teams to start races on the same set of tires they qualified on.

Previously, teams had to start races from the rear of the field if they did not start on their qualifying tires.

“This helps us ensure a level playing field, and will end speculation that teams miss qualifying purposely to start the race with a tire advantage,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, in a statement to NBC Sports.

The most recent example of a car starting from the rear for starting on fresh tires was Kyle Larson last weekend at Kansas Speedway.

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will no longer be required to start the race with the tires on which they qualified , according to Wednesdays official NASCAR Rule Book update. Starting on the qualifying set will be optional beginning with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on

NASCAR has revised its tire rules in order to keep any team that fails to make a qualifying lap from having an advantage. The sanctioning body issued a rules bulletin Wednesday, eliminating the mandate that NASCAR Cup teams must start a race on the tires they used in qualifying .

Larson spun in qualifying and flat spotted his tires, requiring him to start last. With the No. 42 Chevrolet starting on fresh tires, Larson was able to finish Stage 1 in fifth.

In February, Martin Truex Jr. started 35th at Atlanta Motor Speedway after failing pre-qualifying inspection and started on fresher tires. He was fifth at the end of Stage 1.

“That’s a really good penalty when you come to a place like this, huh?” Larson’s spotter observed during the first stage.

The number of tires teams are given in a weekend is changed also as a result. Beginning with the Coke 600, teams will have four sets of tires for practice and qualifying, except for superspeedway races, where they will have three sets.

For enhanced schedule weekends, teams will be able to carryover their qualifying set to the race. If they do not make laps on their qualifying tires, they must carry over a scuff set from practice.

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The sanctioning body will no longer require cars to start races on the same tires they qualify in, beginning with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Another related rule change adds a set of tires to race allotments but takes a set away from teams ’ practice and qualifying allotment.

Beginning with next week’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cup series teams will no longer have to start the race on the same tires on which they qualified . Moving forward, all races will have four sets of tires for practice and qualifying , except superspeedways which will have three sets.

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