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NASCAR Qualifying; It’s Not Rocket Science

Once upon a time NASCAR had a two day qualifying format. The first 25 drivers were locked in on day one and the rest of the field was set on day two.What made it interesting was that occasionally the 26th fastest driver had the best time of the weekend and in two instances set the track record. Alas, times have changed and we now have the single day format. From a cost perspective, I completely understand it. From a logic perspective—well therein lie some problems. Finding time to squeeze 43 plus cars on a track during an already packed weekend is difficult. It understandably is more so when inclement weather alters the weekend schedule. Thus, we find ourselves in situations much like this past week, setting the field via owner's points. ...

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