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NASCAR will not practice or qualify for the remainder of the season


UPDATE: "Following discussions with our race teams and the broader industry, NASCAR will continue to conduct its race weekends without practice and qualifying for the remainder of the 2020 season in all three national series. The current format has worked well in addressing several challenges during our return to racing. Most importantly, we have seen competitive racing week-to-week. NASCAR will adjust the starting lineup draw procedure for the Playoff races, and will announce the new process at a later date." – Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Competition

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ORIGINAL POST 7-20-2020: NASCAR has no timeline to reintroduce practice and qualifying in the coming weeks but the series is beginning to consider its options for qualifying, according to senior vice president of competition Scott Miller.

During an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Miller said the sport is committed to not holding practice or qualifying through Aug. 23 at Dover. The timeframe includes the Daytona road course, which drivers in all three series will compete on for the first time without the benefit of previous track-time in their respective cars. Dover will host five NASCAR national series races with doubleheaders for both the Xfinity and Cup Series on the schedule.

"What’s beyond that, I think is still a little bit up in the air," said Miller. "To have practice and qualifying, we have to have more people on the rosters. There are a lot more things that need to go on in the garage, so very much more difficult to execute all the safety protocols with the COVID-19.

"To get back anything different than what we’re doing now is really going to take a significant change in sort of the landscape on COVID-19. At least through Dover, it will be the draws as we know it."

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