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Jayski.com: New NASCAR policy allows for earlier race starts

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NASCAR has a new policy where, with 24 hours notice, it could start a race one hour earlier than the listed start time in the event of a forecast of inclement weather. NASCAR previously would not move the start time because of logistical concerns amid prerace activities held by the tracks and teams as well as concerns ticketholders would not get notified. NASCAR Executive VP Steve O'Donnell said: "We worked with the tracks to say what is the best way and the best notification [period]." Marcus Smith, CEO of track operating company Speedway Motorsports: "Any weather forecast in 24 hours, it's hard to really know so [we'd have to be] very convinced. I'm just glad we haven't had to worry about that this year."

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