DOVER, Del. - NASCAR appears close to moving ahead with making all restarts in races in its three national series Cup, Nationwide and Trucks double-file restarts with lead-lap cars up front.
Jim Hunter, NASCARs vice president of corporate communication, said Saturday the issue is on the front-burner right now but offered no timetable.
Several Cup drivers, some of whom attended NASCARs state of the sport meetings in Concord, N.C., on Tuesday, said they believe double-file restarts could be implemented within weeks.
I think the competition stuff, as far as the race cars and mechanics, will take a while," driver Denny Hamlin said. "But I think from the format style, were weeks away from changes there.
Hamlin said he expects restarts to be among the first areas addressed after Tuesday's discussions.
Theyre going to be a big deal, Hamlin said. Its going to hurt the guys that are two laps down. But, then again, the fans arent here to watch the guys two laps down anyway.
Theyre here to watch a great race for the win and I think with a double-file restart that youll see that.