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NASCAR throws caution to wind for All-Star Race qualifying

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

For one night, NASCAR will abdicate some of its rule-enforcing authority.

When the 19 drivers qualified for Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race take part in qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR will disregard its pit-road speed monitors.

NASCAR confirmed Wednesday there will be no speed limit coming onto or exiting pit road during Friday night’s qualifying process for the all-star race, which will feature a three-lap run with a mandatory four-tire pit stop.

During recent seasons, NASCAR removed the speed limit only when cars exited pit road.

To compensate for the increased speeds, pit road crews will not be able to go over wall to begin their stops until the car has completely stopped.

At least one participant in Saturday night’s race was excited about the change.

Driver Kyle Busch posted the following message Wednesday afternoon on his Twitter account:

“Wow!! Qual for sprint all star race is going to b exciting!! NO pit road speed coming in or going out. Not what I had in mind but ok … ?”

The pit stop might be more of an issue for the crews, who during regular races are able to get into position in their stall before their driver enters the stall.

In another change, the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote – which will determine the final entry into the all-star race – must complete the Sprint Showdown and have a car in “raceable” condition as determined by the series director.

Unlike during previous seasons, the winner does not have to finish on the lead lap of the Showdown, just complete it.

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