SPARTA, KY- Prior to last weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR revealed that they’d change the qualifying rule for setting the lineup in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the event that qualifying is rained out.
Instead of starting the race based off practice speeds, they’d revert back to basing the starting lineup by points.
This week, that rule will take effect for the first time as rain fell after only 30 minutes into the opening Sprint Cup practice at the Kentucky Speedway on Friday. With only having one session yesterday and Kentucky being repaved in the offseason, NASCAR felt it was best to turn the qualifying session later on in the day into a practice session to give the teams more track time.
That means qualifying is cancelled this weekend which in turn means the lineup for Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 (7:30 pm ET/NBCSN/PRN) will be based off of points.
That hurts Ty Dillon.
The grandson of Richard Childress is driving the No. 95 Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevrolet this weekend in the Leavine Motorsports entry. He was 26th in practice on Thursday, but he had a great car with long run speed as he was fourth overall on the 10-lap average chart.
Then in an abbreviated session on Friday morning before rain fell, Dillon was fourth quickest. Instead of starting fourth on Saturday if we determined the lineup the old way, he will now roll off 30th.
Dillon tweeted out his thoughts on that.
So, instead of having a front starting spot with a fast car, Dillon will start on the outside of Row 15 and have a ton of work to do in dirty air.