It was the th win for Team Penske.
Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones are out of the playoff-opening race at Las Vegas as Harvick appeared to have a tire go flat, sending him into the wall and Jones ran into the back of him. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?
Big Three of evoking memories of 's power trio There has been a lot of talk about lack of parity in NASCAR in , which brings back memories of a dominant triumvirate from 44 years ago. Brad Keselowski survives chaos for third straight win If this race is any sign of what the playoffs will be like, we could see more Keselowski wins, while others suddenly see their seasons on the brink. When the yellow flag is displayed and the yellow caution lights around the track come on, the field is frozen immediately at the moment of caution. All scoring ends immediately and cars are to slow to pace vehicle safety car speed.
The exception to this rule is if the yellow flag waves after the white flag is thrown or, in the case of an overtime attempt, if the yellow flag waves after the race leader has crossed the overtime line or if the race will not be restarted typically for rain; but sometimes for darkness if a track does not have night lights , in which case NASCAR will use video evidence to determine the finishing order.
When the caution comes out, the pit lane is immediately closed, a rule first implemented following the Atlanta This is shown by a flashing red light at the entrance to pit road. Entering pit road when it is closed with certain exceptions is a penalty of restarting at the rear of the field.
When pit road is open, a steady green light will appear at the entrance to pit road, and a green light will come on in the rear window of the pace vehicle.
During a "quickie yellow" all cars may enter pit road the first time by when it is opened. After the pit stops, the first car one lap down at the moment of caution known as the free pass car is permitted to go around the pace car and start the race at the rear of the field, but back on the lead lap. During a full yellow, only lead lap cars may pit the first time by the pit road. Once the lead lap cars who have decided to pit have entered pit road, the free pass car will be sent around the pace car to earn their lap back. The next time by, all cars including the free pass car may pit.
Cars may pit as often as they wish at the expense of track position, but the free pass car is limited to taking fuel only at the first pit stop opportunity. If the free pass car is judged to have caused the caution intentionally or not there will be no free pass car.
At the one to go signal, the pace car will turn its lights off. At this point, any car that is ahead of the leader of the race will be waved around to the rear of the field. These cars are not permitted to pit until after the green flag comes back out and the race has resumed. The field will then line up double file for the restart. The leader of the race gets lane choice, but the third place car and odd positions on back will always start in the inside line, while the fourth place car and even positions on back will always start in the outside lane.
The restart order is always this: Once the pace car has pulled into the pits, there is a restart "zone" consisting of lines painted on the outside wall of the track. The leader of the race is to begin accelerating inside this zone to resume the race. If they do not, the flagman controls the restart. Lane changes are also not permitted until after a car clears the finish line.
Like most other sanctioning bodies, NASCAR will use flags to provide the drivers with information regarding track conditions. Also, the blue flag specified in the FIA ISC does not have a diagonal stripe, and the black flag means that a driver is disqualified. A knockout system similar to Formula One is used.
During the time allotted, teams are allowed unlimited attempts to qualify with their fastest lap of each round counting as their official time. Between attempts, cars are parked on pit road, where teams may hook up a cooling system through the cal flap in front of the windshield to cool the engine. However, teams are not permitted to raise the hood or make other significant adjustments during qualifying.
Also, tires may not be changed without approval from NASCAR, who will only grant approval in cases of flat tires or safety issues. The fastest 24 advance to round 2 which is 10 minutes long. The fastest 12 advance to round 3 which determines pole position. In addition to determine who advances to round 2, round 1 also determines who will and will not qualify for the race and starting positions 25—40 Cup Series , 25—40 Xfinity , or 25—32 Camping World Truck. Similarly, round 2 will determine starting positions 13—24, with round 3 determining positions 1— On road courses, there are only two sessions: Round 1 is 25 minutes with the top 12 advancing to Round 2 which is 10 minutes.
In the event rain falls between rounds, NASCAR has the option of declaring the session over and the speeds from the previous round will count for all remaining starting positions. Due to how the draft works in restrictor plate racing, and a series of crashes in qualifying during Speedweeks, a single car qualifying format is used for restrictor plate racetracks. In July , after making rules changes to the cars designed to increase drag and drafting, NASCAR used the format at Indianapolis and Michigan but discontinued its use at both tracks for The single car system will only be used at the plate tracks, ovals 2 miles and longer in the Xfinity series, and ovals 1.
Each car has one warm-up lap, one timed lap, and one cool down lap. NASCAR will release cars roughly half a lap apart to prevent any aerodynamic advantage from being gained from a competitor's car. The order in which cars go on track is the inverse of practice speeds. As with the road course format, the top 12 cars advance to the final round. After the final car has returned to pit road in the first round, all 12 qualifying teams may hook up the cooling system to the car for 10 minutes.
Round 2 cars will qualify from slowest to fastest based off their speeds from round 1. The fastest car will win the pole. The session results from single car qualifying set the starting lineups for the Can-Am Duel races on Thursday.
The first race consists of those who finished qualifying in odd-numbered positions and sets the lineup for odd-numbered positions in the The second race does the same for even-numbered positions. However, there must be an equal number of "open" or "non-chartered" teams in each Duel race. After the Duel races, the lineup is set as follows:. All three NASCAR national series will set a specific number of starting positions by timed laps and have a specific number of starting positions based on owner points of vehicles that have not already qualified.
In the Xfinity Series, six positions are awarded based on owner points to cars not already qualified. In the Camping World Truck Series, four positions are awarded based on owner points to trucks not already qualified. Each past champion can use this past champions' provisional up to six times per season. If the past champions' provisional is not needed, then the position goes to the first team in owner points not already qualified for the race. If a former champion driver's team is one of the top six or four teams, respectively, highest in owner points, not already qualified, then that does not count against usage of the provisional.
If there are 40 or less or 32 or less vehicles entered in the respective races, no provisionals are charged and the field will be determined by timed laps only. In , NASCAR introduced the past champion's provisional sometimes known as the "Petty rule" after Richard Petty failed to qualify in four races in , which resulted in a viewership ratings drop that season. This special provisional allowed a former Cup champion to claim the final starting position if he was too low in the points standings and was unable to qualify by speed.
The past champion's provisional worked perfectly until , when Darrell Waltrip failed to make the UAW-GM Quality lineup because Terry Labonte was the more recent champion and was higher in points. NASCAR considered revising the guidelines to the past champion's provisional after Waltrip used it to enter 20 races in In , NASCAR gave past Cup champions a maximum of 10 past champion's provisionals per season; this number was reduced to six in The Open uses the standard procedure, but with only 8 cars advancing to the final round. All-Star race qualifying consists of the combined time of 3 laps with a 4-tire pit stop.
The fastest 5 drivers in the opening round advance to the final round. The Eldora Dirt Derby has a unique qualifying format. Each truck will take two timed laps, with the faster lap counting as that truck's official time. The trucks are assigned to one of five heat races where the top five trucks from each will advance to the feature. Those that fail to qualify will have one last chance race, where the top two trucks will also advance.
Provisionals will be determined after the last chance race. The Advance Auto Parts Clash is an annual invitation-only race held the weekend before the Daytona , and sets its lineup via a random draw. Penalties listed as "NASCAR Discretion" can result in a simple restart at the tail of the field, a multiple lap penalty, or disqualification. NASCAR conducts a complete technical inspection prior to the first practice session, before and after qualifying, and before the race. A quick safety inspection is also completed prior to each practice session after the first. Penalties for car violations are typically announced the Wednesday after a race, and can range from a simple fine to a suspension typically a maximum of 12 races and loss of points.
After a race, the top 5 finishers, one other random car, and the first car failing to finish the race not due to an accident will have their cars inspected. There will now be L1 and L2 penalties: During a race, teams must pit several times for refueling and new tires.
Teams are permitted five crew members over the wall at the start of the race; that consists of two tire changers, one tire carrier, a jackman, and a gas man. With the NASCAR rule changes, the gas man is now not allowed to make any adjustments to the car when refueling it. There is an established pit road speed limit for each race. Since NASCAR cars do not have speedometers, the first pace lap of each race is run at pit road speed so drivers can get a tachometer reading for pit speed. There are a variety of other safety rules see penalties above that must be followed.
At the moment of caution or when there are two laps to go in the stage, pit road is immediately closed. NASCAR uses both a light at the end of pit road and a series of cameras to help determine the moment pit road is closed. NASCAR's official policy is that in the event of a discrepancy, the light at the end of pit road is official. Starting in , cars sustaining accident damage that cannot be repaired on pit road within 5 minutes will automatically be removed from the rest of the race.
Speeding on pit road will see that time reduced by 15 seconds per infraction. Further, teams are not allowed to replace bodywork once the race begins. Teams using more than 5 crew members will also have their car removed from the race. This system would standardize the number of at-track team members. Rosters are split into three categories: Organizational, Road Crew, and Pit Crew. Examples of Organizational roster spots include competition director, team managers, technical director, IT specialists. Examples of Road Crew include crew chief, car chief, mechanics, engine tuners, engineers, specialists for areas such as tires, aerodynamics and shocks and spotters.
The limits for these personnel by series: The exceptions to these numbers are slight. Monster Energy Series teams are allowed one extra road crew position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the three road courses Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Charlotte , where teams often use multiple spotters. Starting in , NASCAR announced they may reserve the right to move up the start of the race one hour to beat inclement weather heavy rain and lighting on road courses.
Two hours before the race, drivers and crew chiefs attend a mandatory driver's meeting. Failure to attend the meeting will force drivers to start at the rear of the field. In August , NASCAR announced they would experiment moving the driver's meeting to only one hour before the race since meetings at most races take less than 15 minutes. Roughly a 30 to 45 minutes before the race start time, driver introductions will be held. Failure to attend these will also require the driver to start at the rear of the field as well.
At the designated start time, a pre-race invocation is given, followed by the singing of the national anthem. Once the anthem is complete, drivers have exactly five minutes to get in their cars with all the safety equipment fastened and ready to go. At the end of those five minutes, the grand marshal for the race will deliver the command "Drivers, start your engines!
With the engines running, the cars sit on pit road for approximately three minutes before heading on the track for some warm-up laps before the pace car. The average number of pace laps is three, but there can be more or less depending on a wide variety of circumstances and conditions, including but not limited to track length, track drying efforts after rain, or if a car has a problem and stops on the track during those pace laps. At the end of the pace laps, the field will partake in a rolling start.
Once the track is clear, the field will be given the green flag with two laps remaining.