NASCAR announced officiating revisions to reinforce its in-race rules following a review of two incidents during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway that were deliberate efforts to manipulate the Chase.
NASCAR met with teams at Chicagoland Speedway to announce that only spotters are allowed on the spotters’ stand — one per team. Each spotter may have two anolog radios, scanners, Fan Visions. A video camera will also be installed on the spotters’ stand.
Additionally, NASCAR officials also said that if drivers race 100% all of the time, they won’t have any issues. NASCAR Chairman Brian France said:
[T]hose expectations are that a driver and a team give 100 percent effort, their best effort, to complete a race and race as hard as they possibly can.
NASCAR president Mike Helton added:
NASCAR requires its competitors to race at 100 percent of their ability with the goal of achieving their best possible finishing position in an event. Any competitor who takes action with the intent to artificially alter the finishing positions of the event or encourages, persuades or induces others to artificially alter the finishing position of the event shall be subject to a penalty from NASCAR.
And lastly, NASCAR also announced restart rule changes. Once the leader accelerates in the restart zone, the green flag will be waved. The green flag will be waved if the leader reaches the end of the restart zone without accelerating. Once the leader accelerates or the green flag is waved, the leader can be passed by the second-place car. That means that the leader can be passed before the start-finish line.
Drivers cannot change lanes before the start. If the second-place car accelerates before the leader accelerates or the green flag waves, that driver will be black flagged.