By AMANDA VINCENT
On Thursday, NASCAR released a bulletin containing a rundown of a few procedural changes ahead of the 2016 season. Among the changes were a significant overhaul of the green-white-checker format NASCAR referred to in the bulletin as “NASCAR Overtime.” The changes apply across all three national divisions — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.
As a result of controversy surrounding a botched green-white-checker restart in the Sprint Cup Series at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway late last season, NASCAR will implement an overtime line at all race tracks. The location of the line will vary from track to track.
On green-white-checker restart attempts, when the leader passes the overtime line on said restart, that restart is considered valid, but if the caution is displayed again before the leader reaches the overtime line, the restart will not count, and therefore, will be re-attempted. An unlimited number of attempts will be made to get a clean restart, but once there is an official green-white-checker restart, another will not be made, even if the caution is displayed, again. Once there is one green-white-checker attempt, if there is another caution, the race will end under yellow.
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