|The first round of practice is set to begin shortly since the driver’s meeting has just concluded. Here are some notes from that meeting :Drivers will no longer be docked one lap for an infraction in pre-qualifying tech. Instead they will be sent to the rear of the qualifying line and will only have opportunity to qualify 11th at best.Tonight’s Blizzard Series season finale event will be the second race on the schedule tonight. It will immediately follow the Super Stock division and will be followed by two more local events.
A procedure change that was long overdue has taken place here today. In previous years, when caution laps counted, competitors were not permitted to pit under a red flag. Now that that restriction has been lifted, racers will be allowed to pit under the red but will be sent to the end of the line when the rejoin the field and will not regain their previous position.
All restarts will be single filed. However, cars will still have the opportunity to get their laps back due to the implementation of a “free pass” where the first car one lap down at each caution will earn a spot at the tail end of the lead lap. Unfortunately, the free pass will not be available within the last 10 laps of the event.
On a restart, competitors will only be able to pass to the right side of the cars in front of them.
Once the white flag falls at the end of the night, the checkered flag will follow. If the track is deemed unsafe for competiton then the red flag will fly and there will be a green-white-checkered finish.
It seems many things have been on the mind of head tech man Ricky Brooks, as he addressed many things for the final time. Brooks threatened that if one more Blake carbeurator has a problem in his tech shed, they will be disallowed at all tracks at which he oversees technical inspection (South Alabama Speedway, Mobile International Speedway, and here at Five Flags Speedway).
Brooks was also annoyed with the fluctuating frame heights that have been coming through his “room of doom”. If the problem continues, tech officials will no longer be lenient with such infractions and the rule will be set to a solid 4 in frame height for all cars, without exception.
Brooks will also no longer simply reprimand teams for body brace offenses. In fact they won’t be told at all, they will be notified in post-race tech when they are disqualifed from the event.
Brooks also cautioned drivers to watch their pit road speed today. As there are 29 super late models entered in the Blizzard Series event as well as three other divisions running here at Five Flags tonight there are plenty of people in the pits and safety is of the utmost importance to the staff here.