Today, NASCAR announced that there would be some rule changes on how Pit Stops will be operated at some of the stand-alone NASCAR Xfinity Series Races and NASCAR Gander Outdoor and RV Truck Series Races.
These changes will be in effect for the Xfinity Series at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, both races at Iowa Speedway, Road America, the Gander Truck Series at Iowa, WWT Raceway at Gateway, and Candian Tire Motorsports Park.
So here’s how it works:
- There will be eight road crew members that will also perform over the wall duties. Four people will service the car, one will fuel the car, and one will assist the driver.
- During a Yellow Flag, Full Cycle Pit Stop, teams will have two opportunities to pit. Under a Quickie Yellow, there will be one opportunity to pit.
- On an oval track, teams can Pit for two tires and fuel per stop.
- On a Road Course, teams can pit for fuel or four tires per stop.
- The Pit stop must be completed within a designated time which will be determined by NASCAR at each track.
NASCAR will penalize teams to the Tail of the field for violating the following rules:
- Exceed the Time Limit on Pit Road
- If you are involved in an incident, the team will be allowed to change four tires at once to avoid damaging the vehicle.
- Pitting other than the designated lap
NASCAR will penalize teams two laps for violating the following rules:
- Perform Four Tires and Fuel on any stop
- Changing Tires under Green (Unless approved by NASCAR for Damage)
- Perform four tires on any stop at an oval track.
- Also, you can pit for fuel at any time during the race under green.
Restarts will go like this under the new pit stops:
1. Cars who did not pit
2. Cars that pitted one time than the cars that pitted two times
3. Free Pass Car, Wave Around Vehicles, Penalized Vehicles
The first time you will see this form of Pit Stops is May 31st when the Xfinity Series races at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. The Trucks will try this pit stop format for the first time when they hed to the Iowa Speedway on June 12th.