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Qualifying for the fall race at Talladega is revised by NASCAR

Qualifying at Talladega is revised by NASCAR
Qualifying at Talladega is revised by NASCAR
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NASCAR announced a new qualifying format for its national touring series at Talladega Superspeedway the 2.66 mile superspeedway.

The events to be held at Talladega for the Oct. 17-19 features the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola race will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET; moving up the start time of the race, with coverage live on FOX, MRN (Motor Racing Network) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola will air live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, Oct 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the GEICO 500 race is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPNEWS, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race the GEICO 500 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN and MRN.

“The revision in national series qualifying at Talladega should be more exciting for our fans,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president of completion and racing development. “It will feature a more accelerated pace, provide greater opportunity for team strategy to come into play and it should more closely resemble actual racing conditions.”

National series qualifying at Talladega will now consist of the following:

• Three rounds with the first round divided into two groups amongst the competitors. The first qualifying round is five minutes in length for each group.
• Competitors will be assigned to a first qualifying round group based on the random draw held earlier in the event.
• The 24 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed from either of the first qualifying round groups will advance to the second round. The remaining competitors will be sorted based on their speed posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.
• There will be a 10-minute break after the completion of the first qualifying round and the 24 remaining competitors that advance to the second round will have their times reset.
• The second qualifying round is five minutes in length and the 12 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed will advance to the third and final round.
• The fastest remaining competitors will earn positions 13-24 based on their fastest single lap speed posted in qualifying in descending order.
• Following a five minute break, the 12 eligible competitors that advance to the final round will have their posted speeds reset.
• The final qualifying round is five minutes in length and the fastest single lap speed will determine positions 1-12 in descending order.

Following the GEICO 500 at Talladega the 12 drivers in the Contender round for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship will decrease to 8 drivers to compete in the Eliminator Rounds at Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway