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NASCAR Updates Tire Rule For MENCS Race Starts
May 16, 2018
Cup Series teams will no longer be required to start the race with the tires on which they qualified beginning with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, according to an official NASCAR Rule Book update.
NASCAR Updates Tire Rule For MENCS Race Starts

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will no longer be required to start the race with the tires on which they qualified, according to an official NASCAR Rule Book update.

Starting on the qualifying set will be optional beginning with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Teams will be allotted four sets of practice and qualifying tires moving forward, with the exception of superspeedway events, which will have three sets. For enhanced weekend and superspeedway events, teams will be allowed to carry over their qualifying set to the race. If teams do not put laps on their qualifying set, teams will then be required to carry over a scuff practice set for the race.

Wednesday’s rulebook update also reflects that teams have been granted one less set of tires for practice and qualifying, and one more set for the race.

For example, teams were allotted five total sets for practice and qualifying tires at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. When teams return to Las Vegas in September for the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs, four sets will be permitted.

Additional changes announced with the Rule Book update include the following:

 ◦ Teams may only use traditional battery powered equipment to repair a vehicle that is on the service sit of the pit wall. This includes reciprocating saws, rivet guns, screw guns and drills.
 
 ◦ The TV video package for each race will now include a fourth camera. The three standard cameras on the roof, driver and rear bumper will remain unchanged. The supplemental fourth camera, depending on the race weekend, can be placed on the front bumper, helmet visor, reverse driver, foot, shifter, 360, gyro or side panning.