NASCAR updates backup car policy for 2018

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

As the 2017 season enters into the final 11 race stretch, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have a new rule regarding backup cars in 2018.

NASCAR announced on Thursday that backup cars in 2018 must not have an engine installed. If the backup car rolls out with an engine installed, the car will be ineligible for use at the event and impounded by the sanctioning body. This rule will be for all events on the schedule.

Currently, backup cars used at Watkins Glen International, Pocono Raceway, and Martinsville Speedway must not have an engine installed

In effort to provide clarity about where a driver will start if they move to a backup car, NASCAR has announced that no matter at what point during a race weekend, the team will start at the rear of the field, if they earn a starting position.

For example, if a driver crashes in practice before qualifying, they will start in the rear of the field, no matter where they qualified.

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