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How NASCAR’s Changes to Qualifying Will Affect Team Strategies

“You will probably see some tempers flare because you will see some blocking at the end to make sure either they advance to the next group or get the pole,” said A. J. Allmendinger, driver of the JTG Daugherty Chevrolet. “I think as a driver for qualifying [you will be thinking that] you don’t get that perfect lap the first round, but it’s just good enough to get into the next group. [Then] you really have a shot at the pole." NASCAR is about to make history on Friday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). That is when the first session of NASCAR’s new “knockout qualifying” for the Sprint Cup series will take place. The change to the qualifying procedure was announced several weeks ...

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