NASCAR to return to practice and qualifying in 2022

Race weekends return

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After being eliminated due to COVID protocols, NASCAR announced Friday the return of practice and qualifying to its race weekends in 2022 and the use of knockout-style qualifying format to set the starting lineup for each NASCAR Cup Series race.

For most of the last two seasons race weekends featured one day shows race largely held without practice or qualifying as access was restricted to prevent the spread of COVID -19.

With rates falling, and vaccinations, in 2022, all events across all three NASCAR national series are scheduled to include qualifying.

“NASCAR is excited to return practice and qualifying to its race weekends,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “We missed seeing cars and trucks on track all weekend long, and so did our fans. We worked closely with our broadcast partners, teams and racetracks to create an exciting, unique qualifying format, while keeping several of the efficiencies that helped our entire industry successfully navigate the pandemic.”

For much of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the field will be split into two groups and will have a practice and qualifying event that will last approximately two hours. The two-hour window will allow broadcast partners ample time and ability to cover the entire field.

During six NASCAR Cup Series weekends, five NASCAR Xfinity Series weekends and eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekends, NASCAR will implement an extended practice weekend schedule, which will feature one standalone 50-minute practice as well as a qualifying event.

Daytona International Speedway’s Speedweeks and the lead-up to the DAYTONA 500 will employ the extended practice format for all three series. Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the DAYTONA 500 is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Feb. 16, 2022.

Procedures are outlined below:

NASCAR CUP SERIES

One-lap qualifying format

Tracks: Atlanta*, Auto Club , Charlotte Oval , Darlington , Gateway*, Kansas , Las Vegas , Miami, Michigan , Nashville*, New Hampshire , Phoenix*, Pocono , Texas

* denotes expanded weekend

Format

Two-lap qualifying format

Tracks: Bristol-2, Dover, Martinsville, Richmond

Format

Superspeedway qualifying format

Tracks: Daytona 500*, Daytona-2, Talladega

* denotes expanded weekend

Format

Road-course qualifying format

Tracks: Charlotte Roval, COTA, Indianapolis Road Course, Road America, Sonoma, Watkins Glen

Format

Dirt qualifying

Track: Bristol Dirt (also an expanded weekend)

Format

NASCAR Xfinity Series

One-lap qualifying format

Tracks: Atlanta-1*, Atlanta-2, Auto Club, Charlotte Oval, Darlington, Kansas, Las Vegas, Miami, Michigan, Nashville*, New Hampshire, Phoenix-1, Phoenix-2*, Pocono, Texas

* denotes expanded weekend

Format

Two-lap qualifying

Tracks: Bristol-2, Dover, Martinsville, Richmond

Format

Superspeedway qualifying

Tracks: Daytona-1*, Daytona-2, Talladega

* denotes expanded weekend

Format

Road-course qualifying

Tracks: Charlotte Roval, COTA, Indianapolis Road Course, Portland*, Road America, Watkins Glen

* denotes expanded weekend

Format

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

One-lap qualifying

Tracks: Atlanta-1*, Atlanta-2, Charlotte Oval, Darlington, Kansas, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville*, Phoenix-1, Phoenix-2*, Pocono, Texas

* denotes expanded weekend

Format

Two-lap qualifying

Tracks: Bristol-2, Dover, Martinsville, Richmond

Format

Superspeedway qualifying

Tracks: Daytona-1*, Daytona-2, Talladega

Format

Road-course qualifying

Tracks: COTA, Mid-Ohio*, Sonoma*

* denotes expanded weekend

Format

Dirt qualifying

Tracks: Bristol Dirt, Knoxville

Format

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Comments (2)

  • Honestly I think the format they used for the last two seasons is better

      13 days ago
  • I hadn’t realized

      14 days ago
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