NASCAR Implements Multi-Truck Qualifying for Pocono Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2010

NASCAR has announced they have revised qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series at Pocono Raceway.

The series makes it debut at Pocono on July 31 for the inaugural Pocono Mountain 125, and they'll have a multi-truck qualifying session setting the field.

Due to the uniqueness of Pocono, being a 2.5-mile track with its triangular shape, it led to NASCAR trying this style of qualifying for the trucks.

The qualifying order for the 36-truck field will be set by final practice speeds that will be held on Friday, July 30, and teams will have from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to make the event.

The top-25 in owner points are locked in, leaving 11 positions for the rest of the field to battle over to make the race.

Then they'll invert the field, allowing the slowest truck to be qualifying first, and work there way to the fastest truck going out last to qualify.

Trucks will leave pit road in 25-second increments, to run two qualifying laps, and only the fastest lap will count.

When a truck comes to pit road, it ends that respective qualifying lap and no drafting will be permitted.

"The distance and uniqueness of Pocono afforded us the opportunity to implement this style of qualifying for this event," said NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Director Wayne Auton.

"Speed is excited about the format and we believe the fans, drivers, and the viewing audience will embrace it, too."

NASCAR has always used the Truck Series to try out new things that they want to implement across the board in its other series.

So with this multi-truck qualifying, if this works and the fans like it, we may just see this in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup for road course qualifying.

This also means that Speed TV will be showing the Pocono qualifying, along with both practices, and it's something that they normally don't do these days with the Series.

I'm excited by it, since unlike Daytona and Talladega, traditional qualifying at Pocono on it's 2.5-mile won't be any fun seeing one truck at a time.

If my math is correct, we'll have 10 trucks qualifying at any given time, including those on a cool down lap and it'll be pretty cool to watch.

The series will still draw for qualifying order the traditional way, just in case inclement weather would effect Friday's practice sessions.

If it rains on Saturday, the field will be set by the NCWTS rulebook, and the field will be set based on owner points, then by number of appears from positions 26 through 36.

Photo Credit: (I altered the picture just to get the stands shot.)