DOVER, Del. — official series release — Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images photo —
NASCAR announced on Thursday that the restart zone for this weekend’s NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway will double from 70 feet to 140 feet.
The sanctioning body will also lengthen the restart zone for the remaining seven races following Dover, however, the exact increase will be determined by an at-track basis.
NASCAR’s current restart rules have not changed. Drivers will still line up double file, with the leader designated as the control car, meaning the second-place car can’t take off before the leader in the restart zone located before the start/finish line.
The change comes after NASCAR has come under fire for questionable restarts at the first two Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup events in Chicago and Loudon. Jeff Gordon appeared to accelerate before the restart zone in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway, but was ruled to have been in the right and was not penalized, while Brad Keselowski was posted by NASCAR and issued a black flag penalty for jumping a late race restart at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past Sunday.