Procedural change might be coming to Talladega race in Chase

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A NASCAR executive further hinted Monday at change for the Oct. 25 Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Friday that “there probably will be” rule changes at Talladega when asked about what officials might do in light of what they learned from the Austin Dillon crash at Daytona in July.

Monday on “The Morning Drive,” O’Donnell clarified what officials were considering for the Talladega race.

“I think that’s more procedural in terms of the race procedures for that event,” O’Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “Don’t want to confuse everyone in terms that we may be changing engines or things like that. We’re just looking at some race procedure things that we may or may not do and still having some conversations within the garage to land on that decision.”

Dillon’s crash into the fence at Daytona marked the third time since Feb. 2012 that fans had been injured there across NASCAR’s top three series. All three crashes came on a green-white-checkered finish.

Dillon’s crash came after the field took the checkered flag on a green-white-checkered finish at Daytona. The night before, the Xfinity race ended with green-white-checkered and Daniel Suarez sliding down pit road after he was hit from behind coming to the checkered flag.

The Daytona 500 ended under caution after a multi-car crash on the backstretch on the last lap of a green-white-checkered.

Both the Cup and Xfinity race at Talladega in May did not need a green-white-checkered finish.