NASCAR authorities declared Thursday that every one of the three national arrangements will utilize the ‘Choose Rule’ for restarts. This rule will not be applicable at street courses and at Daytona and Talladega. The system will be set up beginning with Cup Series and Truck Series races starting with Michigan International Speedway.
The standard was first utilized during the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15. The first points Cup Series race to use the restart system is the Michigan FireKeepers Casino 400. It will be the first of two occasions in a Cup Series weekend doubleheader at the 2-mile track.
The ‘Choose Rule’ technique offers a system that gives drivers the choice to begin on either within or outside the path in a restart. Drivers can select the favored line or make an offer for track position in the non-favored path.
What the NASCAR drivers have to say
The Choose Rule is back.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 8, 2020
NBC reports, “I think it definitely gave some guys a chance that were kind of buried eighth or ninth, and I think (Chase Elliott) was one of those and wound up racing for the win,” Harvick said.
“There were parts I liked and there were parts I didn’t like,” Keselowski said.
“Because I would have chose the bottom and had a little better shot,” Blaney said.
“I am proud of the effort. (Harvick) was really fast. We need to work on our stuff a little and I think we can compete a little better tomorrow.”
Harvick was out front most of the evening. He led 92 of the 161 laps. Five restarts in the last 30 laps helped Harvick to win. It was his fifth triumph of the year. This puts him with Denny Hamlin for most in the 2020 NASCAR cup series.
Harvick eventually edged Michigan local Brad Keselowski by .284 seconds for the triumph on the last restart.
Perhaps the greatest test on Saturday by NASCAR at Michigan was the Choose rule.
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