Last week, NASCAR announced that there’d be a revised qualifying procedure for the Camping World Truck Series’ next race at Pocono Raceway. The Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday July 31st, will feature a multi-truck qualifying session for the Truck’s inaugural stop at the 2.5 mile track.
The order that the trucks will go on the track will be determined based on the practice speeds in the final practice on Friday. If the Friday practice session is rained out, the qualifying order will be set as it normally is, which is done by a random draw.
When it comes time for qualifying, trucks will be released from pit road in approximately 25-second increments with the slowest truck in practice being the first truck out. The 25-seconds in between will spread the trucks out, therefore not allowing them to draft, which is against the procedure rules.
Each truck will have two laps to qualify, with the fastest lap counting, and once a truck comes to pit road, their respective lap is complete.
If qualifying is rained out, the starting line-up will be determined based upon owner’s points.
“The distance and uniqueness of Pocono afforded us the opportunity to implement this style of qualifying for this event,” said NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Director Wayne Auton in NASCAR’s press release. “SPEED is excited about the format and we believe the fans, drivers and viewing audience will embrace it, too.”
SPEED will be showing qualifying with coverage starting at 10am on July 31st.
“Our anticipation for the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race ever at Pocono has been building for quite some time, but adding multi-truck qualifying to the mix really turns it up a notch,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “All of us at SPEED are looking forward to watching this unique qualifying format unfold live and delivering it to the fans.”
Todd Bodine, who currently holds a 177 points lead over Aric Almirola, is interested in how it will turn out.
“It will definitely be different than what we are used to,” said Bodine. “It will be quite a show I’m sure. It should be good for the fans and good for television.”
Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky says it should add to the excitement of the weekend.
“We are thrilled to have the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series coming to Pocono Raceway for the inaugural Pocono Mountains 125,” said Igdalsky. “Recently, Pocono Raceway has been the host to many firsts, and with the new qualifying format being introduced and the always exciting double-file restarts, the truck series’ first trip to Pocono is sure to be a memorable one.”