NASCAR Announces Procedural Changes on Cusp of ’19 Season

Ron Lemasters | 2/11/2019

NASCAR News XFINITY Series

Last week NASCAR announced updated procedures for the 2019 season, including shortening qualifying and a new at-track post-race inspection process.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 11, 2019) – A big change for the coming season—set to begin this weekend in Daytona--was announced last week by NASCAR officials, the biggest of them dealing with post-race inspections at the track.

According to the release, NASCAR will conduct post-race inspections for first- and second-place finishers as well as a random draw in all three of NASCAR’s national series at the track, and should any of those be found to have failed it, disqualification will be the result. The winning car would be placed last in the finishing order and lose all benefits from the victory (or finish) as well as any stage points earned. The field would then move up in the finishing order.

“Our industry understands the need to focus on what happens on the race track,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of competition and racing development. “We cannot allow inspection and penalties to continue to be a prolonged storyline. Race vehicles are expected to adhere to the rule book from the opening of the garage to the checkered flag.”

Other changes announced include:

• NASCAR has implemented a model of series-specific inspectors. Each national series will have a dedicated team of officials who will specialize in inspections for their respective garages.

• Qualifying procedures across all three national series remain the same for 2019, with the exception that the first round of ‘group qualifying’ for short track and intermediate tracks will shorten to 10 minutes in length (previously 15) and the breaks between sessions will be five minutes long (previously seven).

• The national series driver participation guidelines remain mostly unchanged from 2018. Drivers with more than five years of full-time NASCAR Cup Series experience are eligible for a maximum of seven NASCAR Xfinity Series starts and five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts. Drivers who elect to accumulate Cup Series points are not eligible to compete in any Dash 4 Cash or Triple Truck Challenge races, or the final eight races in either the Xfinity Series or the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In addition, drivers who earn points in the Xfinity Series are ineligible to compete in Triple Truck Challenge races and the Championship race for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

• NASCAR introduced the assistant directors for each series – Kip Childress (Cup Series), Seth Kramlich (Xfinity Series) and Jesse Dollevoet (Gander Outdoors Truck Series).

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • February 23 02:00 PM ET
    Rinnai 250Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • March 2 04:00 PM ET
    Boyd Gaming 300Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • March 9 04:00 PM ET
    Xfinity Series 200 at PhoenixISM Raceway
  • March 16 05:00 PM ET
    Xfinity Series 300 at FontanaAuto Club Speedway
  • March 30 01:00 PM ET
    My Bariatric Solutions 300Texas Motor Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After NASCAR Racing Experience 300

Daytona International Speedway | 2/16/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Brandon Jones490
2Ross Chastain43-6
3Michael Annett42-7
4Austin Cindric41-8
5Justin Allgaier39-10
6Christopher Bell39-10
7Ryan Sieg37-12
8John Hunter Nemechek #37-12
11Noah Gragson #31-18