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NASCAR Modified Tour to tinker with lineup redraw format

It’s a process used down south in Super Late Models

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NASCAR will begin implementing a redraw procedure for the start of select Whelen Modified Tour races this season.

In other words, a handful of cars inside the top-10 will redraw for their starting positions after qualifying, taking the green flag based on the redraw order instead of the results of time trials. The first race to use this procedure will be on May 4 at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire.

Here is how NASCAR says this process will work for those select events.

  1. The fastest qualifier will draw a pill to determine the number of drivers that will re-draw for their starting positions.
    a. 4, 6, 8 or 10 positions will re-draw.
  2. Once the fastest qualifier draws the initial pill, NASCAR will have the various buckets ready to immediately start the re-draw procedure. Drivers will re-draw in their qualifying order (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 – however many are applicable).
  3. The pole position and any bonus will be awarded to the fastest qualifier and will be the pole of record.
  4. Driver introductions will be done by qualifying order.
  5. When the field rolls off for pace laps, the cars will re-align themselves by how they re-drew their starting positions as the cars roll off.
  6. If qualifying is rained out, the field will be set by the rule book. The re-draw procedure will still take place based on the rain lineup. Pole awards are not paid on rain lineups.

The season is set to begin on February 10 at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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