Elton Sawyer, vp of competition announced on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday that beginning this weekend at Circuit of The Americas, NASCAR will return to its 2022 restart zone lengths. For the opening five weeks of the season, the restart zone had increased with the intension of giving the leader a slight advantage.

“After some dialogue again, the drivers didn’t feel like and I don’t know that the industry did as well, that we really accomplished anything there that they were looking for,” Sawyer said. “Starting at COTA, we’ll go back to our 2022 dimensions. The way we come up with those dimensions is to take the caution car speed and multiply that by four. What we had done the first five events is did the math on that and multiply it by six.

“It didn’t quite give us what we were looking for, so we will go back to the original dimensions.”

🗣️”It didn’t quite give us what we were looking for.”

🟢 #NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Elton Sawyer says they will go back to the 2022 dimensions for the restart zone starting at @COTA this weekend. pic.twitter.com/P3JqLxkgRQ

— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) March 21, 2023

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