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NASCAR announced changes to majority of races


NASCAR announced Thursday changes to the majority of races. All three national series will use a ‘choose rule’ for restarts. Except at road courses and the superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega. The procedure will be in place starting with Cup Series. Also, the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series events at Michigan International Speedway.
The rule was first used at the national series level in the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol. The first points-paying Cup Series race for the restart procedure will be Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400. Also, the first of two events in a Cup Series weekend doubleheader at the 2-mile Michigan track.


The ‘choose rule’ procedure offers a strategy play that gives drivers the option to start on either the inside or outside lane in a double-file restart. Drivers can opt for the preferred groove or make a bid for track position in the non-preferred lane.

In Bristol’s All-Star event, race officials painted an orange “V” and box as a designated commitment point not far from the start-finish line on the track’s frontstretch. Competition officials indicated that the same marking will be used at Michigan and beyond.

“It will essentially look the same,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “There will be a few subtle differences to handle wave-arounds and free passes and a full field of cars, which we didn’t have at the All-Star event. But it will look very much the same. It will be exactly the same up front, but just some subtleties to handle wave-around, free pass and things like that.”

As a result, the rules will be in effect for all the remaining events. All except for the road courses/rovals and Daytona and Talladega. These two superspeedways aerodynamic drafting is most prominent. Therefore, Miller said the reasons for excluding the ‘choose rule’ process from those venues differ.

About Dover International Speedway

Dover International Speedway is one of the largest concrete-only venues in NASCAR. Collectively has hosted exciting racing and entertainment events for national and international guests for more than 50 years. Dover Motorsports, Inc. owns both Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The green flag dropped on Dover International Speedway events on July 6, 1969. In 2020, the 1-mile oval nicknamed the “Monster Mile” is set to host an unprecedented six points-paying races. in three days on Aug. 21-23, including the “Drydene Doubleheader Weekend” on Aug. 21-23, featuring back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series races on Aug. 22-23.


After starting in the 22nd position, Tommy Joe Martins had a very solid race at Daytona Road Course. NASCAR driver earned his best finish on a road course. His No. 44 AAN Adjusters Chevrolet finished stage one in 21st and stage two in the 19th position, respectively. As the checkered flag flew on lap 52, Martins crossed the finish line in 13th – his best finish of the season. Additionally, Martins 13th place result marked his fourth Top-20 finish in a row, and the team’s best finish in team history.


Through companies owned by Ken and Tina, a sponsorship arrangement for 2020 was signed with NASCAR’s Xfinity series driver Tommy Joe Martins who drives the 44 car for Martins Motorsports. The 44 car displays Tina and Ken’s company brands at each race. In addition to the Xfinity cars, Ken’s TA2 series car displays the same design.