Dover International Speedway is changing its race schedule this season, reverting back to the way things used to be.

The Delaware track, which is the closest NASCAR facility to South Jersey, announced Monday that it will have Sprint Cup qualifying on Fridays for its two race weekends. Qualifying had been moved to Saturdays in recent years.

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“The move back to Friday provides a great kickoff to our event weekend,” Dover Motorsports Inc. CEO and president Denis McGlynn said in a news release. “Our fans have told us that they enjoy seeing qualifying on Friday, so we are glad to accommodate them.

“In addition, teams will now have the chance to practice twice on Saturday, a day after qualifying. These sessions will afford teams the opportunity to perfect their setups for Sunday’s race, post qualifying, and will create a more exciting, competitive event for the fans.”

NASCAR comes to Dover this season from May 31-June 2 and Sept. 27-29.

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