Xfinity Series Practice and Qualifying Revamped for 2022

Heath White | 11/19/2021

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After an extensive hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR announced today that weekend practice and qualifying sessions will return in 2022 with revamped format.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 19, 2021) – After an extensive hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR announced today that weekend practice and qualifying sessions will return in 2022 for all three of its national series with a revamped knock-out format designed to add an element of drama to the qualifying procedures. 

For a majority of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the field will be split into two groups and participate in a practice and qualifying event that will last approximately two hours. The two-hour window will allow broadcast partners ample time and ability to cover the entire field, bringing wide-ranging, in-depth stories and insight to millions of fans each and every weekend.

“NASCAR is excited to return practice and qualifying to its race weekends,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “We missed seeing cars and trucks on track all weekend long, and so did our fans. We worked closely with our broadcast partners, teams and racetracks to create an exciting, unique qualifying format, while keeping several of the efficiencies that helped our entire industry successfully navigate the pandemic.”

During six NASCAR Cup Series weekends, five NASCAR Xfinity Series weekends and eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekends, NASCAR will implement an extended practice weekend schedule, which will feature one standalone 50-minute practice as well as a qualifying event. 

Below is the updated format for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 

Oval Qualifying 
* 20-minute practice for all vehicles 
* Qualifying (all vehicles) – single vehicle, one lap* 
* -- Two laps at Bristol, Dover, Martinsville and Richmond

Superspeedways
* Qualifying Round 1 (all cars) – single car, one lap
o Top 10 transfer to Final Round
* Qualifying Final Round (10 cars) – single car, one lap

Road Courses 
* All vehicles receive 20 minutes of practice in a single session
* Qualifying Round 1 (Group A) – 15-minute timed session
o Top five transfer to Final Round
* Qualifying Round 1 (Group B) – 15-minute timed session
o Top five transfer to Final Round
* Qualifying Final Round (10 vehicles) – 10-minute timed session

Extended Practice Weekends
* NXS: Daytona-1, Atlanta-1, Portland, Nashville, Phoenix-2
* One standalone 50-minute practice replaces group practice sessions
* Qualifying procedure is based on the track type, following the procedures above

 

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RankDriverPointsBehind
1Daniel Hemric (P)40400
2Austin Cindric (P)4035-5
3Noah Gragson (P)4025-15
4AJ Allmendinger (P)4023-17
5Justin Allgaier2300-1740
6Justin Haley2244-1796
7Brandon Jones2239-1801
15Michael Annett638-3402
25Sam Mayer #338-3702