Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Ford driver Kevin Harvick is not a fan of the new format to determine the lineup for NASCAR races.
NASCAR has decided to use a different lineup procedure for the races beginning with the upcoming race at Daytona road course. According to the new procedure, the lineup will be determined taking into account the following metrics.
- Finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50%)
- Ranking in team owner points standings (35%)
- Fastest lap from the previous race (15%)
Harvick is of the opinion that all the 36 chartered teams should be randomly drawn so that it gives a fair opportunity for all of the races to have a say on the race.
“Yeah, I’m a little bit torn on that. That wasn’t my vote. I voted for the 1 through 36 random draw every week, you know, for charter teams. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
“Obviously I think there’s definitely some merit to it as far as earning your position and things that you do. I think in the position that we’re in, there’s also some merit in keeping things mixed up, and keeping it fair, and having some new players up-front and giving them an opportunity because at some point during the year, some of those guys are going to qualify good and have a chance to have a good weekend. If you’re back in the mid-part of the pack and you don’t have an opportunity to qualify, sometimes those are taken away.