What Is the Choose Rule In NASCAR? How Does It Work?

Published 04/22/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver William Byron (24) lead the field for the start of the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


NASCAR authorities reported in 2020 that each of the three series will utilize a ‘Choose rule’ for restarts. It will be used on all tracks beside the street courses and the superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega. The system was begun with Cup Series and Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series occasions booked at Michigan International Speedway in 2020.

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The Choose Rule was first utilized in the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15, 2020. The first points-paying Cup Series race for the restart methodology was the 2020 FireKeepers Casino 400. It was the first of two occasions in a Cup Series weekend doubleheader at the 2-mile Michigan track.

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The ‘Choose rule’ method was restricted to local and weekly racing competitions. It offers a procedure play that gives drivers the choice to begin on either inside or outside path in a restart. Drivers can decide on the favored line or make a bid for a track position in the non-favored path.

The rule will be in place for every one of the occasions with the exception of the street courses/rovals and Daytona and Talladega. It is because the aerodynamic drafting is most prominent on two superspeedways.

Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Cindric (33) leads the field during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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What is NASCAR Choose Rule

The Choose rule is a methodology to upgrade the competition between racers by permitting drivers to pick between two paths on a restart: the liked and non-favored dashing paths. Moreover, drivers could acquire track position by picking something contrary to their rivals.

Drivers, so far, have had mixed feelings about the rule. Martin Truex Jr, for instance, believes that the rule is interesting, to say the least.

“I don’t know that it changed the race a whole lot, but it was interesting for sure,” Truex said.

“We’ll see how it plays out. We seen a lot of guys pick the outside, but a few guys were able to get the lead from the bottom, as well. Pretty interesting how it worked out, and definitely learned some stuff for tomorrow.”

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Kevin Harvick, too, had a similar answer. “Definitely a lot to think about right there and definitely some processes that you have to go through, but you can take a chance and gain some track position.

“So I thought it went well and did exactly what everybody thought it would do.”

The alternative is given to the racer with one lap to go before a restart. The drivers can likewise be punished in the event that they touch the orange arrow with his/her tires or switch to another lane in the wake of picking or hinders the process, they will have to restart from the end.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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