NASCAR to resume practice and qualification in 2022
Charlotte, Nick – NASCAR will return both practice and qualifying to the weekend schedule for all three national series in 2022. On-track activity has mostly been canceled the last two seasons during the pandemic.
NASCAR has traditionally hosted three-day weekends for its races but dropped all qualifying and practices when competition resumed in May 2020 after a 10-week shutdown due to the pandemic. Some practice sessions are back this year, and this month’s championship weekend in Phoenix was the closest yet to a pre-pandemic schedule.
“We missed seeing the cars and trucks on track all weekend, and so did our fans,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition. “We worked closely with our broadcast partners, teams and the racetrack to create an exciting and unique qualifier in shape, while maintaining Many competencies that have helped our entire industry successfully navigate the pandemic.”
NASCAR will use a knockout-style format for qualification in 2022 that will vary depending on both the track type and series. The Cup Arena is split into two groups for most races and participates in a two-hour training and qualifying event. NASCAR will classify six Cup races, five Xfinity Series races and eight Truck Series races as “extended weekends.”
The extended weekend includes 50 minutes of individual training. Those will be the only weekends that will feature a separate practice from qualifying.
The Daytona 500 field will be set the same way as always, with the lead set by February 16 of the time trials. The rest of the starting lineup will be determined by the two qualifying races.
The other three ultra-fast events, two at Talladega and the August race in Daytona, will have no practice. But the cars will qualify before the race.
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