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NASCAR to attempt three green-white-checkered finishes

NASCAR announced Thursday that it has revised its race procedure to allow a maximum of three attempts of a green-white-checkered finish of all races in its national series, including the Nationwide Series.

The change begins with the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. Before, NASCAR would attempt only one green-white-checkered finish, and if the yellow came out during that attempt, the race would end.

Under the new procedure, the field will be frozen if the caution is displayed before the leader of the race takes the white flag. If the caution comes out before the white flag during the green-white-checkered attempt, another GWC attempt will be made. A maximum of three GWC attemps will be allowed.

If the leader takes the white flag and then a caution flag is displayed, the race is over - under any circumstance.

"We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy."