Qualifying changes for 2013

January 03, 2013, NASCAR.com

The new qualifying format for the 2013 season places a greater emphasis on speed. The fastest 36 cars will automatically qualify for races this year in NASCAR’s new 36-6-1 format.

Once those cars are determined, the next six highest ranking cars in owners points will make the field. The final starting position is given to the most recent eligible past champion. If that does not apply, then the final car will be selected based on owners points.

The order of qualifying for Sprint Cup Series events will return to a random draw; if qualifying is canceled due to rain, the starting lineup will be determined based on practice speeds.

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One final change for the SCS, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series is that the provisional positions will be based on owner points from the 2012 season for the first three races. It was previously the first five races for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series, and four for the Camping World Truck Series.