In preparations for the 2018 NASCAR national series season set to kick off this weekend at Daytona, NASCAR has made several changes that will affect the Damaged Vehicle Policy, qualifying at intermediate and short tracks and to stage lengths in two of the top-three series.
In the first year of the DVP(Damaged Vehicle Policy) that was instituted was any car on pit road and making repairs were put under a five minute repair clock. Citing discussions with those involve and a learning process from 2017, NASCAR will increase the DVP clock from five minutes to six at all tracks.
Additionally, NASCAR will no longer park cars if hit with a penalty for too many crew over the wall. Instead the car will sit on pit road in their box and serve a two lap penalty before being allowed to return to the event.
On the qualifying side and to increase on track activity in a shortened window of time, NASCAR has cut five minutes from the first round of qualifying. In 2018 the first round of qualifying at all intermediate track and short track will now be reduced to 15 minutes in total.
No change is being made to qualifying that will be held at either Daytona International Speedway or Talladega Superspeedway.
Earlier today all three national series stage lengths were released for competition in 2018 which the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will see no changes in 2018 aside from the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval race which will be announced prior to the event.
The Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will see slight changes in 2018. In the Xfinity Series will be the stages at ISM(Phoenix) Raceway and Dover International Speedway ending on laps 45, 90 and 200.
In the truck series will see both events held at Las Vegas ending now on 40, 80 and 134.
Outside of the competition changes for 2018 the AirTitan will get an overhaul moving from its green color to red with white trim and more prominent branding from Toyota who provides the Tundra trucks to NASCAR for drying.