NASCAR sets stage lengths for every 2017 Cup, Xfinity, Truck Series races

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

On Feb. 9, 1987, Elliott set the Daytona International Speedway qualifying record of 210.364 miles per hour, a mark that still stands 30 years later.

Segmenting races was introduced by NASCAR last month as a way to enhance competition within the entirety of a race, as well as the duration of the race regular season. There is no "overtime rule" for the end of the stage; the only time NASCAR will use its overtime rule - where NASCAR will keep restarting the event until the leader hits the prescribed overtime line on the track on the first lap of a two-lap dash to the finish - is at the end of the race.

Busch Beer returns to Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Ford Fusion for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona - the 75-lap, bonus-points-paying race that kicks off the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season February 18.

Races are now considered official after the completion of the second stage even if the distance completed is less than halfway, the standard used under the old format.

The Clash, as it's known, is a 75-lap, two segment non-Cup-points race that involves the previous year's pole winners, previous 500 pole winners, and any remaining Chase drivers from the past season.

The championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway has stages end on laps 45, 90 and 200. Those points will carry through to the end of the third round of the "playoffs", when the field dwindles to eight drivers.

Showtime For Bowman: One driver in this 75 lap exhibition has nothing to lose running this race, and his name is Alex Bowman. This race is a 75 lap non-points race features pole winners from past year, previous Daytona 500 pole winners, and 2016 Chase participants.

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