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NASCAR considering more Friday qualifying

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09:14 AM ET 09.29 | As it does annually, NASCAR is contemplating competition changes that could include moving some Sprint Cup Series qualifying sessions to Friday afternoons in 2013 and tweaking the current testing policy. The possible changes were a hot topic in the Dover International Speedway garage area, where drivers and teams gave their input about more race weekend schedules that would feature Friday qualifying and a practice session on Saturday. By completing qualifying on Fridays, teams will have more time to work on the race setup on Saturdays. It also gives race promoters a Saturday ticket that will feature a couple hours of significant Cup practice and more time in the garage for driver and fan interaction instead of more than a couple of qualifying laps. NASCAR is expected to formally announce several competition changes for the 2013 season sometime in October.

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September 29, 2012  11:55 AM ET

The reason is they cannot get a word in edge-wise because of all the college football -- sponsor $$ is the key to this. They'll probably run quals later in the afternoon ... just sayin'

September 29, 2012  12:28 PM ET

Sounds like ok changes as per stated above.......unless Nascar adds some suprises to it. LOL

September 29, 2012  01:12 PM ET

LOL!!

September 29, 2012  01:12 PM ET

Hear talk of dropping the "top 35".

September 29, 2012  06:40 PM ET

What???? you mean they listened to us......now that's scary. (re top 35)

September 29, 2012  08:03 PM ET

For the first time since 2008, NASCAR will allow Sprint Cup organizations to test independently at tracks that host events in NASCAR's top three touring series.

thats huge news IMO.. racing should get better

October 1, 2012  08:07 AM ET

This is a money maker for the tracks it adds one more day to the race weekend, Now your ticket gets you in on Friday or Saturday you can watch practice -qualifing -and the Nationwide race .......going to Friday qualifying for a sunday race means now you would have to buy another ticket for fridays events.......just another way to get more $$$$$$$$$$

October 1, 2012  08:41 AM ET

I like to watch Friday Quals. Good news for me.

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October 1, 2012  02:47 PM ET
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Hear talk of dropping the "top 35".

That would be, in a word, AWESOME!

That's one of the things I like about the NHRA, there is no guaranteed spot in the field. A couple of years ago John Force himself failed to qualify for an event.

Imagine, having to actually EARN your way into the field.....now THAT'S racing!!!!!!!!!

October 1, 2012  02:52 PM ET

How about same day qualifying like in Nationwide and Trucks. They qualify the cars then line them up for the race, no adjustments, tire changes, or fuel added, you have to start the car like it is after your qualifying lap. (adjusted for applicable penalties.)

October 1, 2012  03:05 PM ET
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Have you heard anything about this particular point? I have a hard time believing that that is their motivation. NASCAR fans are already staying home because of the high costs involved in going to the events and I just can't see the track owners shooting themselves in the foot trying to squeeze more money from an already broke fan base.

testing sessions are usually either closed to the public or open & free.. it's not for lets say a thursday before a race, it's whenever the teams want to go.. either way, with the new car next year they're going to need all the testing they can get

October 2, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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How about same day qualifying like in Nationwide and Trucks. They qualify the cars then line them up for the race, no adjustments, tire changes, or fuel added, you have to start the car like it is after your qualifying lap. (adjusted for applicable penalties.)

Thats just like Saturday night dirt-tracken.....the way to go.

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October 3, 2012  05:38 PM ET

I dislike these "Nascar thinkin of" stories. I'll wait until they actually stop thinkin and do somethin.Not slammin Nascar but slammin these filler stories.
Will say that if they are really thinkin of droppin the 35 rule, that would be good

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October 4, 2012  06:03 PM ET

http://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2012/10/4/3456458/kyle-busch-apology-toyota -racing-development-radio-trd-dover-2012/in/3220393

hahahahahahahahaha, classic!!!!! good ole TuRDs!

 
October 4, 2012  07:52 PM ET

I have an idea for 'change'. Dump this chase nonsense. Back to racing the way it should be... the Champion at the end of the year is the one who prevailed at the end of the entire year - not the last 10 races. Enough of these faux champions.

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