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Newz Forum: AUTO: NASCAR: Nextel, Busch adopt green-white-checker finishes

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posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 12:30 PM
Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series will use a "green-white-checker" finish starting in next week's race at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

"The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone's goals - a green-flag finish," NASCAR President Mike Helton said in a press release. "This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series."

The two top NASCAR series' will use the two-lap finish instead of having races finish under a caution. Finishing under yellow has resulted in a negative reaction from the fans who want to see the winner determined by a race to the checkered flag.

Earlier this season at Talladega, Jeff Gordon was pelted with debris as he slowly crossed the finish line for the Aaron's 499 just ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Four of the last 10 Nextel Cup events have ended under caution.

The new rules will not mean that every race will finish under green flag conditions. If there is another caution after a green-flag restart, the race will end immediately.

The Craftsman Truck Series will change from multiple "green-white-checker" finishes to the new format as well so that all three national series' will use the same format.

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