Nascar Qualifying Results
NASCAR qualifying results determine the order of start for cars in every NASCAR race. The process isn’t exactly straightforward as some positions are guaranteed by previous results and team standings, but overall the qualifying makes the biggest impact on the beginning of a race.
A draw is the first stage of the process to set NASCAR qualifying results. Teams randomly get numbers to set when they go out to make their qualifying run. The order of runs is sequential, from low to high number. Speed increases as the track cools, so teams with higher numbers have a slight advantage.
The qualifying runs start at a pre-determined time. Based on numbers the teams take their turns, sending out one car at a time to qualify. Official NASCAR qualifying results are set by cars taking the faster of two laps, after taking about Â¾ of a lap to reach full speed. Some drivers try to maximize their chances by taking the furthest outside path on their first lap, letting their engine warm up and gaining speed, so their second lap will be faster.
There’s another gamble some drivers take in setting NASCAR qualifying results. They gamble that it’s best to put less strain on the car with one all out first lap, skipping the second lap and going with their best shot at first lap time. It’s more common to drive both laps, trying for the best time each lap.
NASCAR qualifying results are based strictly on time to complete a lap, not top speed. Ties are calculated to .001, but if there are any ties they are broken by highest points for the car’s owner.
The misconception with NASCAR qualifying results being about speed rather than time likely comes from the way it is generally reported by the media Media reports show qualifying in miles per hour, which is certainly tracked. But again, only the time in seconds for a lap matters.
One exception to the NASCAR qualifying results process is the Daytona 500 which has its own unique qualifying rules. Owner points both from the previous season, for the first five races in the new season, and for the current season determine a number of guaranteed start positions.
When the qualifying has to be canceled NASCAR qualifying results are determined by the owner points.
It seems like a complicated matter to determine NASCAR qualifying results and thus starting positions, but in reality it’s not hard.
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