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NASCAR Roundup: All Changes in the Rules That the Fans Need to Know About

Published 01/25/2024, 11:59 AM EST

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On Tuesday NASCAR released a series of rule changes for the 2024 season that includes everything from qualifying order to light-up signs on the pit roads. The major talking point from the whole list of changes was the Cup Series qualifying procedure. With this rule in place, Group A will now determine the outside row and Group B will determine the inside row for 11-40th placed drivers. The top-10 rule remains unchanged, where the top 5 drivers from each group will make the cut.

Although this indeed was the talk of the down while NASCAR announced the changes for the 2024 NASCAR season, there were plenty of other changes that also need our attention. The information regarding the new rule change was not only limited to Cup Series races but also to the Xfinity and Craftsman Truck Series. So let us take a quick detour of all the new rule changes implemented by NASCAR.

Updated NASCAR qualifying rules for 2024

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To begin with, the newly implemented changes won’t impact the unique qualification process for super speedways. The next change is that the team will now be allowed to have LED sign boards of their sponsor on their pit boxes after getting the approvals.

Moving on to the Xfinity Series, the Dash 4 Cash program will see Xfinity drivers competing in the four races at Martinsville, Texas, Talladega, and Dover. No Cup Series drivers are allowed to race in these four races. However, they can feature in Iowa and Chicago races. A slight tweak to the Xfinity car as it will now have rear window slits just like a Cup car.

A notable change in the backup car rule for Xfinity Series, a team with 1-2 cars can have 1 car as a backup. A team with 3+ cars can have two backups depending on the weekend schedule but only one back car can be fully prepped with an engine. The 4 title contender teams can have a backup car for finale race at Phoenix with a designated color and not the vinyl wrap.

For both Xfinity and Truck Series, cars will now have a reduced gas gallon capacity from 11 to 9 which is expected to reduce the weight of the car by 10-15 pounds. Moreover, the venues for the Triple Truck Challenge have been announced at Charlotte, Gateway, and Nashville. Lastly, all races in Xfinity and Truck races will now have competitive pit stops with no exceptions.

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However, NASCAR is looking to roll out more changes to it’s current way officiating the races and the new model can soon make it’s debut.

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NASCAR looking to follow the NFL’s way of remote officiating

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According to a report by NASCAR journalist, Jeff Gluck, NASCAR is planning to build a remote race control facility like the ones NFL and NBA have. This will see the officials on the race tracks make more sound calls and decisions after collaborating with the remote set-up team. The location for this proposed remote race control centre will be Concord, North Carolina.

“NASCAR is planning to build a remote race control from its new building in Concord, N.C., similar to the teams’ war rooms in the shops. … They’d like to get it to the point later this year where they can make *some* calls from afar during races.” Gluck posted on the social media platform X.

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With the changing dynamics in racing perhaps adding a technology framework to minimize close calls and decisions could turn out to be a positive change, provided they set up the race center.

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Chintan Devgania

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It was the Fast & Furious movies that acted as my gateway to the world of cars and motorsports. Later, as I completed my undergrad in Journalism, I learned how to channel my thoughts and opinions, which only helped me kick-start my career as a sportswriter. Having written multiple copies for the Scottish Daily, I am now looking to expand and contribute at EssentiallySports as a NASCAR writer, informing, enlightening, and entertaining the fans with my stories.
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Rohan Karnad