NASCAR looking at changing green-white-checkered rules

NASCAR proposed to all three series in Wednesday morning's safety meeting that the sanctioning body is looking at redefining the green-white-checker rule to finish races.

In the past, when a caution occurred in the closing laps of a race, the field made one attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish. Under the new rule, NASCAR will make sure the track is clean, run multiple green laps before waving the white and finally the checkered flag.

Robin Pemberton, Vice President of Competition for NASCAR, used the analogy of Saturday night's multi-car wreck in Turn 3 where the leaders came around to the white flag and Kevin Harvick led the field around to the track for the final lap. Pemberton said, "At least with the new rule they're going to race (one full lap of green) and then go on the white if we do this."

The rule could go into effect for all three series as early as this Thursday's Gatorade Duel qualifying races.