NASCAR announces qualifying order changes

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- The qualifying order for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will be set only on the first practice session, starting with next week's race in Pocono.

NASCAR had previously used all of its practice sessions to determine the qualifying order, which will remain grouped from the slowest cars going first and the fastest cars last.

NASCAR also says it'll no longer separate cars that are locked into a race and ones that must qualify on speed.

The Truck and Nationwide series won't separate those cars, either, and the changes in those circuits will start will start this weekend.

But the Truck and Nationwide events will stick with using all of their sessions to set qualifying orders.