NASCAR To Make Changes For 2013

By Christy Valdez

The 2012 NASCAR season may not be over but changes may be in place for next year.

NASCAR may be contemplating changes towards its qualifying sessions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, according to Currently qualifying sessions for the Cup Series are held on Friday or Saturday, if the change is approved and made final it would make all cup qualifying sessions to be held on Fridays in 2013.

If NASCAR does decide to move qualifying sessions to Fridays it would allow teams to have more time to work on their race setup. An official decision would be made by October according to

Along with the possible changes towards qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, another change has been announced.

It was announced on Saturday at Dover by NASCAR vice president of competition, Robin Pemberton that NASCAR will now allow teams to test at tracks that hold races for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Cup Series. With the new testing rule, each team in the cup series will be allowed four tests at any NASCAR tracks of their choosing.

Teams will also be a part of the Preseason Thunder test in January, and will not affect their four allowed tests.

Teams had not been allowed to test on host tracks since 2008. Team testing was banned in November 2008 as a way for team to cost-save. Since then teams have been testing independently at non-NASCAR tracks.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy

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