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NASCAR will take another look at qualifying UPDATE

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director Jay Fabian responded strongly to Friday’s three-round group qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway, one which was marked by a lack of activity in the opening round that saw some drivers eliminated earlier than anticipated. “We’re disappointed with what we saw,” Fabian said. “Nobody deserves to see that, our fans don’t deserve it. We’re going to take whatever steps we have to to clean it up so we don’t have this problem again. Pretty much everything’s on the table as far as what we’ll do moving forward. It’s certainly disappointing what happened. Moving forward, we’ll do what we have to do to make sure the fans get what they want to see.” Fabian elaborated on his disappointment further in terms of the drivers’ inaction, citing that the No. 41 of Daniel Suarez went out and transferred to the next round twice on his own, without waiting to try and draft with another car. Suarez qualified fourth in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.”(NASCAR.com)(3-30-2019)

UPDATE: After another controversial group qualifying session on a drafting-style track, NASCAR chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said a return to single-car qualifying is being considered. “We’re going to look at every option, including the possibility of going to single-car qualifying,” O’Donnell said in his weekly Monday interview on SiriusXM NASCAR’s The Morning Drive program. “The reason we haven’t is that’s on the teams. That’s parts and pieces. We’ve tried to be as efficient as possible trying this method of (group) qualifying. But we’re definitely going to look at it and see what we can do. We’ve got a couple of weeks to do that. We’ll make adjustments as needed.” A NASCAR spokesman said any potential change would happen only on drafting tracks; single-car qualifying isn’t being considered for short tracks such as Bristol Motor Speedway (site of Sunday’s race) where drafting doesn’t happen.(NBC Sports)(4-1-2019)