NASCAR's new policy can move green flag ahead an hour in case of inclement weather

NASCAR has instituted a new policy in which it can move the start of any race up an hour if there is inclement weather.

NASCAR hopes a new policy will help tracksand teams achievean official racebefore inclement weather causes oftenlengthy delays or postponements.

If a threat of bad weather is looming, NASCAR now has the ability tostart a race one hour earlier than planned. The policy gives NASCAR a better chance at reaching the halfway point (official race), without having to stop the race and spendhours drying the track.

In the past, the governing body wouldn't drastically change the green flag time due tologistical concerns forprerace activities andticketholders.

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"We worked with the tracks to say what is the best way and the best notification [period]," NASCAR vice presidentSteve O'Donnell told

Rain, and even fog delayed Cup Series races a number of times last season, including a Saturday night race atBristol where Cup drivers raced for 48 laps only to have rain postpone the race until Sunday.

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