NASCAR unveils new Damaged Vehicle Policy

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Starting in 2017, the sight of crashed race cars returning to the racing surface and shedding debris will become a much more rare occurrence.

NASCAR announced Wednesday a new Damaged Vehicle Policy that will be enforced for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series.

As part of the new policy, teams will no longer be permitted to replace damaged body parts that result from accidents or contact such as crashes and flat tires. They may remove or reattach the original body parts as necessary, or reinforce parts of the vehicle with tape, fasteners, rods or supports.

Minor repairs will be permitted, but teams will be forced to complete the repairs on pit road within a new five-minute time limit. If the damage requires teams to go behind the pit wall, or take longer than five minutes to repair, teams won’t be allowed to return to the race.

Upon returning to the track, vehicles will still be required to maintain the event’s predesignated minimum speed. Teams that accomplish this feat will see their repair clocks reset to five minutes.

Drivers with commitment line violations or speeding penalties will lose 15 seconds from their five-minute allotment. Teams that send too many men over the wall for repairs will be removed from the race.

Teams that incur electrical or mechanical issues, without involvement in a crash, will be permitted to repair their machines behind the wall without a time limit.

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