NASCAR & Auto Racing

NHRA alters qualifying procedures for national events

Short takes from the midweek motorsports notebook:

  • The National Hot Rod Association announced a change to its qualifying procedures for its national events. Only the top 12 speeds posted before the final qualifying day in each class can be used to make eliminations. For cars not in the top 12 at that point, only speeds posted on the final day will count toward qualifying. However, the 12 fastest cars before the final day are not locked in and can still improve their position on the ladder or be bumped from it.
  • If, for instance, weather conditions improve on the last day of qualifying and the fastest car going into that day winds up 17th after it, that car would be bumped.

  • Billy Ballew Motorsports is still looking for a sponsor for its No. 51 in the Craftsman Truck Series, but it already has two drivers.
  • Kyle Busch will drive it in most races where Trucks and Sprint Cup run in tandem, including Daytona. David Stremme will race that truck will also drive several events, and a third driver to be named will take over when Busch’s Cup schedule and Stremme’s Nationwide commitments both conflict.