NASCAR rules change ahead of Daytona 500 qualifying

Today, NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for the Daytona 500; The rules have been adjusted after what officials saw in practice

This week, it’s the biggest NASCAR week of the year. The season opens at the 2.5-mile oval of Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona Beach, Florida track hosts the famed Daytona 500.

On Tuesday, Daytona International Speedway hosted two rounds of practice. In both rounds, we saw cars with their rearends significantly skewed to the right, as they were rolling straight.

This marks the first superspeedway event with the NASCAR Next Gen car. The new car is a spec chassis, identical from team to team. It’s new setups, across the board.

In NASCAR’s eyes, things were being pushed too far. They have stepped in to make an adjustment to the rulebook.

Officials will allow the garage to open three hours earlier than expected on Wednesday. That will allow teams to make adjustments ahead of the important single-car qualifying round.

Tomorrow’s qualifying session will lock in the front row for the Daytona 500. For everyone else, the qualifying results will set the starting line for Thursday’s Duel races. Those duels are used to set the starting grid for the Daytona 500, outside the front row.

Related: Daytona Practice Results for February 15, 2022 (NASCAR Cup Series)

NASCAR Rulebook
Wheel Alignment: Rear

NEW LR: 0.00 to 0.30 degrees
OLD LR: -0.3 to 0.3

NEW RR: 0.00 to 0.30
OLD RR: -0.3 to 0.0

NEW LR: -0.25 to 0.55
OLD LR: -0.55 to 0.55

NEW RR: -0.25 to 0.55
OLD RR: -0.55 to 0.25

Related: Daytona 500 TV Schedule for February 2022 (NASCAR)

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