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NASCAR To Reduce Practice Times For All Three Series


In a week that NASCAR has made unparalleled changes, they made another Thursday.

NASCAR confirmed to it’s teams in all three top series (CUP, XFINITY, and Trucks) that the amount of on track time will be reduced for the upcoming season. The biggest reason is the fact teams did not need as much time  on the track as in previous years. A secondary reason is that NASCAR wants to make race weekends more efficient.

At Daytona, there will be 9 total Cup on track sessions this year compared to 10 last year. Each Cup team will able to take part in eight sessions as each Duel Race will have its own sessions beforehand. Last year, Cup teams had 10 hours, 35 minutes of practice time at Daytona. This year, teams will have a maximum of 7 hours, 20 minutes.

Elsewhere during speedweeks and beyond, Xfinity teams will have 1 hour, 25 minutes less practice time at Daytona and 30 minutes less practice at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Auto Club. Camping World Truck Series teams will have 30 minutes less practice at Daytona and Atlanta. Cup teams will receive an hour less of practice time at Atlanta, hour and twenty-five minutes at Las Vegas, and hour and thirty minutes at Auto Club.

There are some exclusions to the new limits however. NASCAR is expected to give teams additional practice time in July at Kentucky (additional layer of asphalt added to track) and Texas in April (repave/reconfig).