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NASCAR Moves Location of Overtime Line

Wednesday, Aug 02 1767

NASCAR announced Wednesday that the sanctioning body will move its overtime line to the start/finish line beginning this weekend at Watkins Glen International. The overtime line was originally placed near the entrance of turn three on the backstretch.

New Overtime rule is that the leader must cross the start/finish line under green flag conditions. The next flag will end the race if they are able to do so. If they do not cross under green flag conditions, they will do as many attempts as necessary until then, unless otherwise impacted by darkness or other circumstances.

“NASCAR has been looking at the Overtime procedure for quite some time,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell told “After many discussions with key figures throughout the industry, we recognize that having the start/finish line serve as the standard Overtime Line position will benefit the race — and, most importantly, our fans. We are implementing this immediately, starting with this weekend’s races at Watkins Glen International.”

The move comes after several drivers and fans expressed their displeasure by having it on the backstretch.

Hear what some of the fans, drivers, and other personalities had to say on social media regarding the move:


Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.


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