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The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway, 2003 Format Explained

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  • The Winston Open Qualifying: Qualifying session will consist of two laps for each team with the quickest lap determining that team's qualifying position.
  • The Winston Qualifying: Each driver will run three laps with a mandatory pit stop following the first or second lap. The total elapsed time will make up each team's qualifying effort. The winning team will earn $50,000.
  • The Winston Open: This 30-lap event is for all NASCAR Winston Cup teams that are not already eligible for The Winston. In the first segment, all laps count including caution laps. The race will be divided into two segments of 20 and 10 laps, respectively. After the first 20 laps, there will be a caution period. The top-14 cars will advance to the final 10-lap segment with the winner of the race advancing into The Winston. For the second segment of The Winston Open, only green-flag laps count. If a late-race caution occurs, every attempt will be made to ensure a green-flag finish.
  • The Winston: This race will be 90 laps and run in three segments of 40, 30 and 20 laps. The field will be inverted for the final segment as determined by fan voting.
    • Segment No. 1: The first segment will be 40 laps. (At the present, the field for The Winston would be 23 cars -- 18 race winner from 2002, one race winner from 2003, two NASCAR Winston Cup champions not otherwise exempt, one car owner (38) not otherwise exempt and the Winston Open winner). Teams must make a mandatory green-flag, four-tire pit stop at some point during this segment, and each team must complete the final lap on the racetrack. All laps count including caution laps. If there is a late-segment caution, every attempt will be made to ensure a green-flag finish. The top-20 finishers from the first segment will advance to the second segment. The winner of the first segment will earn $50,000.
    • There will be a 10-minute break following the first segment.
    • Teams may change tires and make chassis adjustments.
    • Segment No. 2: The second segment will be 30 laps. Only the top-20 finishers in the first segment advance to the second segment. The first-segment finish will determine the double-file starting order for the second segment. There are no pit-stop requirements, but teams may pit if they wish. All laps count including caution laps. If a late-segment caution occurs, every attempt will be made to ensure a green-flag finish. Only the top-14 finishers in the second segment will advance to the final segment. The winner of the second segment will earn $50,000.
    • There will be a 10-minute break following the second segment.
    • Teams may change tires and make chassis adjustments.
    • The field will be inverted as determined by fan voting.
    • Segment No. 3: The final segment will be 20 laps. The top-14 finishers in the second segment will compete in the third and final segment with the field inverted as determined by voting by the fans. The start of the final segment will be double file. Only green flag laps count. The winner of the final segment will earn $1 million.
      Total Purse: $3,500,000

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