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NASCAR Changes Qualifying Procedure in Wise Move to Put Driver Safety First

2014 has quickly become the year of change and experimentation for NASCAR. Now, just three races into the season, comes another adjustment, but one that certainly makes plenty of sense.  According to the Associated Press via, NASCAR has "banned drivers from making cool-down laps following their qualifying attempt" in the new, more exciting knockout format. The decision was made with driver safety in mind and will instead allow teams to set up cooling units to their engines on pit road. Unsurprisingly, the change was met with plenty of praise from drivers and those closest to the sport: The change was announced in the wake of criticism by some drivers who felt the new qualifying format was extremely dangerous.  The new pr...

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