FONTANA, Calif. — Austin Dillon won the Rod for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Friday after no drivers completed a lap in the final round of qualifying.
“I have observed it in different sports, but not seen it ours,” Clint Bowyer said. “We simply got booed, and it’s disappointing.”
With all 1 2 final-round drivers determined to really go out as late as possible within a brand new group, every car idled near the front part of the pit-road from the start of session before about 44 minutes remained. The cars had barely exited Turn 4 when time ran out, which meant none of the end laps depended.
Dillon got the rod to turning the fastest lap in the preceding session in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. He won each of both rounds of qualifying in which drivers actually drove, and he thought his rod was faked.
“I’m happy for our team to have the rod which no one ever ran into a lap for in qualifying,” Dillon said with a laugh. “I presume it’s pretty cool. It may be the final time you see that kind of qualifying.”
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The teams’ decision to play with an elaborate game of poultry on pit road from qualifying was a result of the significance of drafting, which essentially could be the sole approach to post the fastest lap on further paths this year. NASCAR’s new racing rules package reduces the differences between your teams, which makes drafting almost the sole real advantage readily available in only laps.
“It had been merely a question of time until this case happened. NASCAR, regrettably, is in a tough box with this particular rules package and exactly how we qualify. I know we’re sensitive to never need single-car qualifying because at a lot of tracks, it would be really boring, and maybe (at) this track we must rethink this, and maybe single-car is the way to go about it so the fans get to watch each automobile race for the pole.”
Nevertheless, the extraordinary sight of race cars not hurrying, accompanied closely by fans booing a lap which did not count, was a profound disappointment to Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of rivalry.
“I watched that which our fans don’t want,” Miller explained. “With the last 1-2 cars wait until they couldn’t get yourself a moment posted onto the plank and kind of creating a mockery out of their qualifying is perhaps not what we expect for the fans. It’s a little bit onus that we hoped things will go better than that. … We have just a little bit of work to on our part to get just a small bit better format so things like that can not take place.”
Miller said changes to the qualifying rules are inclined to be produced before the circuit visits Texas Motor Speedway in 2 weeks. Miller is”not exactly sure what” NASCAR will do, however, a shift probably won’t be necessary for the short track at Martinsville next week, even since printing is not as important there.
“We don’t desire to go back once again to single-car qualifying, however there might well not be another manner,” Miller explained. “We want to try to exhaust every possibility until we do so, as it’s not as interesting, not as intriguing of a show since the group situation.”