By AMANDA VINCENT
A statement from NASCAR on Tuesday confirmed that NASCAR will modify its green-white-checker restart rule for Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway so that there will be a maximum of one green-white-checker restart attempt to, hopefully, finish the race under green. The normal rule provides for up to three attempts to end races under green. NASCAR cites safety, specifically the reduced chances of a big, violent, multi-car wreck like those not uncommon in the final laps of races at the restrictor plate tracks of Talladega and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway that have recently, at times, resulted in cars riding up onto the catchfence, sending debris into grandstands, injuring fans.
“Following extensive dialogue with the industry, we have decided to make a procedural change at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development officer Steve O’Donnell was quoted as saying in the NASCAR statement. “In the event the race goes beyond the advertised distance due to a caution, we will use a single attempt at a green-white-checker finish. We take very seriously the responsibility of balancing exciting finishes and safety. We’re confident that this is a positive direction for both.”
At least for now, the rule modification is for Sunday’s race at Talladega only. But keeping with the regular rule, if the yellow flag waves on the final lap of the scheduled distance in Sunday’s race, the race will end under yellow, without a green-white-checker attempt.
The CampingWorld.com 500 is the third race in the second round, the Contender Round, of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship post-season, making it an elimination race. The Chase field will be reduced from 12 to eight drivers following the race at Talladega.
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