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Single car qualifying returns at all oval tracks

NASCAR officials announced Wednesday that all three national series will return to single-car qualifying at all oval tracks. The rules change ends a run of five-plus years for the group qualifying format, which was introduced before the 2014 season. The group qualifying system will remain for the series’ three road-course events. Officials also dropped the use of multiple elimination-style rounds. The changes go into effect for this weekend’s NASCAR tripleheader at Dover International Speedway. At oval tracks larger than 1.25 miles (Darlington Raceway and larger), teams will determine the starting lineup with a single timed qualifying lap. At tracks 1.25 miles and shorter (World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and smaller), teams will start on the basis of the best of two timed single-car laps. The qualifying order draw will be determined by the previous race’s starting lineup.(NASCAR.com)(5-1-2019)