NASCAR drops controversial ‘overtime-line’ designation

NASCAR has dropped its much-criticized “overtime line,” effective immediately.

The fact that drivers, fans and analysts immediately praised the move shows how unpopular — and confusing — the overtime line has been since NASCAR introduced it to start the 2016 season.

The concept of an overtime line is not going away — the designation is just being moved to the start/finish line as the sport returns to its traditional method of attempting green-white-checkered finishes. In a tweak to that old rule, if a caution forces a race to go into overtime, competitors will make an unlimited number of attempts to finish the race under green, instead of a maximum of three attempts under the old rule.

“NASCAR has been looking at the overtime procedure for quite some time,” NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “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.”

The position of the old overtime line, which varied from track to track on the backstretch, caused much confusion among everyone from fans to announcers in the broadcast booth.

NASCAR on NBCSN analyst Dale Jarrett told NASCAR America Wednesday that the old line “never made any sense.”

“We are still going to have unlimited attempts to finish races. That’s the one thing that

Article source: http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/news/nascar-changes-overtime-line-green-white-checkered-finish/1g2xkasvmsez1tssdbhiyv8sj

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