NASCAR implements double-file restarts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR has moved to double-file restarts beginning with this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway.

The first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag drops for each restart.

The former restart procedure had lap-down cars on the inside, and the lead-lap cars on the outside for the restarts.

NASCAR recently used the double-file format for its non-points All-Star Race.

The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the future.

The race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane.

The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader.

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