FOX in the Fast Lane: NASCAR Tweaks New Qualifying Format

(AP Photo/The Bristol Herald-Courier, Earl Neikirk)
(AP Photo/The Bristol Herald-Courier, Earl Neikirk)

It’s short track racing this Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway for this year’ s running of the Food City 500 and drivers asked for and got NASCAR to makes changes to the new qualifying format.

FOX News Radio’s Marghiee Teshineh has this week’s “FOX In The Fast Lane”:

FOX in the Fast Lane.

The Sprint Cup heads to Bristol this weekend and Dale Earnhardt Jr. loves racing on the short track because it…

(Earnhardt Jr.) “Keeps you on your toes and it’s pretty… Pretty tough race track.”

Brad Keselowski, last week’s winner at Las Vegas, says heading to Bristol with a victory early in the season means he can…

(Keselowski) “Be able to enjoy the races and opportunities that we have instead of being stressed out about them.”

NASCAR, responding to drivers safety concerns, is tweaking the new knockout qualifying format. NASCAR is now banning cool-down laps during qualifying runs and will let teams hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road.

Which is good news to Clint Bowyer because…

(Bowyer) “It was dangerous, there’s no question it was. I mean, we’re out there running 200 miles an hour and they’re running 40 and they’re not even running.”

NASCAR will also increase the number of drivers allowed over the wall for driver support during qualifying from one to two crew members.

FOX in the Fast Lane, I’m Marghiee Teshineh, FOX News Radio.

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