DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has standardized the location of the overtime line as the start/finish line, effective immediately ahead of this weekend’s events at Watkins Glen International.
In an event that goes past the advertised distance, drivers must reach the overtime line (now consistently the start/finish line) under green-flag conditions following the restart.
If the leader does so, the next flag will end the race. If the leader does not reach the overtime line under green, that will force another restart.
“NASCAR has been looking at the Overtime procedure for quite some time,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “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.”
Prior to Wednesday afternoon’s announcement, NASCAR had typically placed the overtime line near the entrance of Turn 3 on oval tracks. That process is now a consistent location for tracks of all types, with the leader now needing to complete a full lap in NASCAR Overtime before a race can be considered complete.
The procedure is similar to the previous green-white-checkered restart rules, but there is no longer a maximum number of attempts at the finish.