HAMPTON, GA - MARCH 19: A pack of cars race down the front straightaway during the Ambetter Health 400 in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, March 19, 2023 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA.
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NASCAR Changes Pit-Road Speed Limits Ahead of Atlanta Races

This comes after a change officials already implemented during the spring race in March.

Leading up to this weekend's NASCAR Xfinity and Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR officials have announced changes to the pit-road speed limit rules.

This comes after a change officials already implemented during the spring race in March, when they extended the pit entrance to Turn 3. That was due to the 2022 reconfiguration at Atlanta, which resulted in super speedway-style racing at the 1.54-mile oval.

NASCAR will implement two separate pit-road speed limits under green-flag conditions for this weekend's races.

During green-flag pit stops, Sections 1 and 2 of pit road will be limited at 90 mph, while Sections 3 through 18 will be policed by NASCAR at 45 mph. It won't be the same during a caution, as all sections of the pit road will be 45 mph for the full distance starting at the commitment line in Turn 3 to the Turn 1 exit.

The extended pit lane saw the steady 45 mph limit during the March race weekend, resulting in a lot of cars falling down laps during green-flag conditions. There is nothing wrong with that, but if the top contenders battling for the win are all a lap down, it wouldn't be good for this type of racing.

NASCAR's goal in implementing this change is to help minimize a team's chances of falling off the lead lap during very important pit cycles.

Check out Saturday's Alsco Uniforms 250 and Sunday's Quaker State 400 to see the new rules in place.