NASCAR: Two Procedure Changes Ahead of Playoff Races

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NASCAR: Two procedure changes for all three national series given before playoff races, starting at Michigan International Speedway this week.

Choose Rule Added to Majority of Races; Performance Metrics Set Starting Lineup, Busch Pole Award & Cometic Gaskets Pole Award

NASCAR: Two procedure changes for all three national series given before playoff races, starting at Michigan International Speedway this week.

NASCAR is incorporating the ‘choose rule’ into the restart procedure for all national series races except those held on road courses and superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega). The rule made its NASCAR national series debut during the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway last month. As drivers approach a designated spot on the track, they must commit to the inside or outside lane for the restart. The rule will add strategy and is especially important on those tracks that have a distinctly dominant lane on restarts; the drivers will have their choice of track position or the preferred lane as the race returns to green flag conditions. 

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Elliott Claims First All-Star Victory

Chase Elliott claims first All-Star victory in the NASCAR Cup Series exhibition event on Wednesday, July 15th at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – JULY 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 UniFirst Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Elliott claims first All-Star victory in the NASCAR Cup Series exhibition event on Wednesday, July 15th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For the second time in thirty-two years, the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race moved the venue to a different track. The first switch happened in 1986 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The All-Star event, typically at Charlotte Motor Speedway, was moved to Bristol Motor Speedway this season.

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Elliott Wins All-Star Race

Chase Elliott wins All-Star race in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway in a rare mid-week event on July 15th - the first All-Star event at the Tennessee track.
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – JULY 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 UniFirst Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Elliott wins All-Star race in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway in a rare mid-week event on July 15th – the first All-Star event at the Tennessee track.

The sport’s reigning Most Popular Driver, Chase Elliott earned his first NASCAR All-Star Race win Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway – holding off the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch in the closing laps.

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NASCAR All-Star Race Format

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NASCAR All-Star Race Format includes a chance to test the new ‘Choose Rule’ to add strategy to restarts at Bristol Motor Speedway later this month.

NASCAR All-Star Race Format includes a chance to test the new ‘Choose Rule’ to add strategy to restarts at Bristol Motor Speedway later this month.

NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway have put together the format for the NASCAR All-Star Race, including the introduction of a ‘choose rule’ that will allow drivers to choose which lane they line up in for restarts.

The rule, which is popular among short track fans, will fittingly make its NASCAR national series debut during the first NASCAR All-Star Race held on a short track. NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports officials have previously announced the race is moving to Bristol from Charlotte Motor Speedway, which had hosted 34 of the race’s 35 previous editions.

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Bristol All-Star Race on This Week’s Hot Topics

A Bristol All-Star Race in 2020 is another COVID-19 sign of the times in the NASCAR Cup Series. The All-Star venue changes from the traditional Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 31, 2020. The All-Star Race will take place on the same track in July 2020. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

A Bristol All-Star Race on July 15, 2020, is another COVID-19 sign of the times in the NASCAR Cup Series. The All-Star venue changes from the traditional Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

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