CONCORD, N.C. — Competition officials Saturday morning announced updates to the in-race penalty procedures for this weekend’s NASCAR events on the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.
The updated race procedures specifically involve penalties for shortcuts at the 2.28-mile track’s two chicanes, marked as Turns 11-12 and Turns 15-17. The decision was reached after receiving feedback from teams and drivers after Friday’s on-track activity.
Both sections are outlined by curbing. The latter chicane, just beyond the pit entrance and the oval track’s Turn 4, is also defined by synthetic turf.
Should a driver cut the course in the Turn 11-12 chicane, the penalty would require drivers to come to a full stop in the restart zone alongside Turns 15-17. If a driver cuts the Turns 15-17 chicane, they would be required to stop on the apron off the racing surface before the start-finish line.
Teams would be assessed a pass-through penalty if drivers fail to serve their penalties by stopping in the designated areas. Pass-through penalties would also be issued if, in NASCAR’s discretion, drivers intentionally cut the chicanes.
NASCAR will also use its discretion to determine whether drivers should be penalized for missing either chicane if they are attempting to avoid an accident. In that case, NASCAR officials would forgo penalties and re-order the lineup based on running position before the evasive action.
In the previously outlined procedures, officials were to either issue a pass-through penalty on pit road or assess a 30-second time infraction if the penalty was unable to be served during the race distance. The 30-second penalty still applies to violations under the new procedures.
The updated procedures will be in place for Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 200 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Sunday’s inaugural Bank of America Roval 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM) in the Monster Energy Series.
Competition and track officials also applied rubber to two areas of the track before Saturday’s on-track activity. The “Tire Dragon” machine, designed to enhance grip by dragging used tires onto the racing surface, was used in Turns 3-4 and 5-6 after Friday’s Busch Pole Qualifying and before Saturday’s Monster Energy Series practice.