NASCAR will now disqualify winners that fail post-race inspection

NASCAR Research and Development Center inspection

NASCAR Research and Development Center inspection

"We can not allow inspection and penalties to continue to be a prolonged stroyline". The runner-up will be declared the victor, with the vehicle found illegal getting just one championship point.

The new approach is a seismic shift for NASCAR because it traditionally wanted fans to leave the event knowing who won the race. If a vehicle fails post-race inspection, it will be disqualified, resulting in a last-place finish and the loss of all benefits from the win/finish, as well as any stage points.

The rules changes scheduled for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season creating reduced engine power with boosted drag and downforce promise to make drafting much more important.

The Clash field is limited to drivers who were 2018 Busch Pole Award winners, former Clash event winners who competed fulltime in 2018, former Daytona 500 champions who competed fulltime in 2018, former Daytona 500 pole-winners who raced fulltime in 2018 and drivers who qualified for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

O'Donnell said Kennedy will take ownership of new projects and expand his reach globally to include NASCAR's racing series in Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Last season, all Cup tracks but Daytona and Talladega featured group qualifying consisting of two or three rounds.

"We felt like when we sat down and we looked at this and we put this model together that the efficiencies are going to come with the fact that those highly skilled inspectors are going to be in those individual garages and living in those garages", Sawyer said.

"We've been through a deterrence model where we've really worked with the race teams at the track and probably been more lenient than we should in terms of the number of times teams can go through inspection and pass, fail and there's nearly incentive to try to get something by NASCAR, so we want to really reverse that trend", O'Donnell added.

For races conducted at short and intermediate tracks, round one will be 10 minutes long, equaling the length of the second round and shortened by five minutes. In addition, the breaks between rounds will be cut to five minutes.

Qualifying at superspeedways will remain two untimed rounds of single-lap qualifying.

Also unchanged is the road-course qualifying format, which again consists of a 25-minute opening round and a 10-minute final round.

"Our industry understands the need to focus on what happens on the race track", O'Donnell said.

NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. believed that fans should leave the track knowing the victor, but now fans will not be sure for up two hours. Kennedy spent last season as managing director of the Truck Series. If the same driver wins all three races, he or she pockets $500,000.

The competition continues at Iowa Speedway on June 15 and Gateway, Mo., Motorsports park on June 22.