NASCAR Makes Drastic Changes For Night Racing as 2023 Playoffs Loom on the Horizon

Published 09/01/2023, 6:39 AM EDT

Follow Us

USA Today via Reuters

This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will officially begin. The first race that the 16 championship contenders will face is hosted by the Darlington Raceway. Defending Cup Series champion Joey Logano will be right in the thick of the battle to retain his crown. However, there are several other drivers who are seeking that Cup Series title. Out of the 16 drivers, at least 10 of them are on the hunt for their maiden title, but it won’t be easy.

America’s Favorite Video Today

NASCAR has announced changes to tackle night racing

Of course, most of the races will be held in the daytime, but there will be some that will bleed towards nightfall. In most racing series, racing at night is usually a horrible idea, due to poor visibility. This in turn will dramatically increase the risk of driver safety. Of course, there are some races that take place at night, where the tracks have powerful floodlights.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

According to reports, if NASCAR can deem that ‘unforeseen circumstances’ make it impractical to complete a race, the officials can use their discretion to decide when a race will conclude. For that, they will determine a set time and wave the white flag in front of the race leader once the time expires. Naturally, the sport does not want the drivers running well into the night, especially when the situation ends up like that.

Trending

Get instantly notified of the hottest NASCAR stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

 

After all, a regular race won’t exactly run for too long. Such a scenario will only arise if there are too many caution periods and overtime restarts, or if there is a lengthy red flag period. In the case of the latter, things can’t be helped because time waits for no one at all, and continues to run.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Amid Nature’s Wrath, NASCAR World Takes a Breath of Fresh Air After Latest Darlington Update

What other changes are in store for the stock car racing series?

There was also another new rule put in place by the NASCAR governing body. This largely pertained to non-NASCAR drivers being given a chance to drive the Cup cars. First and foremost, the drivers’ credentials must be outstanding, which includes spending multiple seasons in their respective sports. These can include racers from series like Formula One, Formula E, IndyCar, V8 Supercars, World Rally Champions, MotoGP and more.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

These racers must also have a number of race wins and podiums to their credit. This also includes major achievements like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Bathurst 1000, Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and more. Finally, the eligible drivers must also have a significant presence in the media.

WATCH THIS STORY: 5 Weirdest Race Cars to Ever Hit the NASCAR Track

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Written by:

Dhruv George

14,275Articles

One take at a time

Dhruv George is a Senior Motorsports Writer at EssentiallySports, with an impressive track record of over 13K articles. He not only writes engaging content but regularly connects readers with some of the biggest racing names thanks to his ability to churn out exclusive interviews. From F1 driver Pierre Gasly to Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino, Dhruv has established himself as an authoritative voice in the world of motorsports.
Show More>

Edited by:

Ranvijay Singh

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK

America’s Favorite Video Today