NASCAR official talks announcement of stages, cautions

By Dominic Aragon
February 13, 2017

Fans can expect the rest of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ races stage lengths to be announced “in the next week or so,” a NASCAR official has told The Racing Experts.

At time of publication, five of the 23 racetracks the MENCS races at have announced the length of the stages for all of their 2017 races, and Daytona International Speedway has announced the stage-length information for the Daytona 500.

Eight of the 36 races on the schedule have their race stages have been determined at this time.

With every race having three stages, the conclusion of the first two stages will have the caution flag displayed.

In other words, each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have at least two caution periods.

“There will be a competition caution at the end of stage one and stage two,” the official said. “They will count as cautions on the official race report.”

According to, the last MENCS points-paying race to have no caution periods was in October 2002 at Talladega Superspeedway. Image: NASCAR Media Group

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