NASCAR to use random draw/field invert to set lineups

NASCAR has revealed how they plan to decide the starting lineup for this weekend's return to action at Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR to use random draw/field invert to set lineups
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On Tuesday, NASCAR announced how they will set the starting lineup for the upcoming races as well as pit stall selection.

With no qualifying or practice, NASCAR will use a random draw based off of the owner's standings to decide the lineup for this Sunday's race. Here is how it will be done:

  • Positions 1-12 will be determined by a random draw from charter teams in those positions in team owner points
  • Positions 13-24: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 25-36: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 37-40 will be filled out by open, non-chartered teams in order of owner points

The starting lineup for the second Darlington race next Wednesday will be based off of the results from the first event.

  • Starting positions 1-20: The top 20 finishers from the May 17 event will be inverted for the start of the May 20 race
  • Starting positions 21-40: The bottom 20 finishers from the May 17 event will be inverted for the start of the May 20 race; any new entries will be placed at the tail of the field

Pit stall selections for Sunday's race will be based off a team's position in the owner's standings while Wednesday's picks will be based off of the results from the first event.

A similar process will be put in place for the Truck Series and the Xfinity Series.

The Coca-Cola 600 will hold pole qualifying, but the May 27 race at the same track will set the field based off of the results from the 600 including the same 1-20 and 21-40 inversion  utilized at Darlington.

The series will also have a modified competition caution procedure for these events.

  • Freezing the running order at the time of the caution period
  • Granting the free pass for the first car one lap down
  • No wave-around rule will be in effect for the competition caution
  • Pit road opens to the top 20, then the next 20 on the following lap
  • Each car will keep its position at the time of the caution, provided it beats the pace car off pit road
  • The pit cycle repeats, with the top 20 then next 20 allowed to pit a second time
  • Teams that do not beat the pace car off pit road will lose a lap and restart at the tail of the field; teams that pit more than twice or outside of their designated pit window will also restart at the tail of the field.
  • The lineup will be reset according to the frozen running order for the restart
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