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NASCAR qualifying may never be the same.

The world’s premier stock car racing series will switch to “knock-out” qualifying for the 2014 Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck Series.

Single-car qualifying is no more.

The new qualifying format will be similar to what you see in the IndyCar Series and Formula One.

This new format will not apply to the Daytona 500. NASCAR officials will preserve the historic shoot-out qualifying format for the Great American Race.

“We believe the timing is right for a new qualifying format across our three national series,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president for competition and racing development. “This style of group qualifying has all the makings of being highly competitive and more engaging to our fans in the stands and those watching on television and online.”

You can read the details of NASCAR’s qualifying changes in this National Speed Sport News story.



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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.