Posted by Pete Pistone
NASCAR's new plan to set the order of qualifying by speeds from final practice may not go into effect until after Daytona.
The procedure will send the fastest driver in a weekend's final practice session out last in qualifying, a system that was used last year in the Camping World Truck Series and will be employed in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series this season.
However there is speculation that because of Daytona's unique system of qualifying and filling out the field for the Daytona 500, the new format won't go into effect until race number two of the season the following week at Phoenix International Raceway.
The 43-car Daytona 500 line-up is set through a combination of qualifying speeds, finishing positions in each of the Gatorade Duel twin 150-mile preliminary races, the Top 35 in last season's owner points and provisionals.
The official schedule released by NASCAR and Daytona calls for a final Sprint Cup Series practice session on Saturday afternoon February 12th. Daytona 500 qualifying is set for Sunday, February 13th at 1:15 p.m.