at the start of the race and also for restarts during
the race. At the start of the race, cars must maintain
position until they have crossed the start/finish
line. The polesitter at the race start — and
race leader on restarts — controls the pace
and cannot be passed prior to the green flag waving.
caution and is given to the first car passing the
starter immediately following the incident that
caused the display of the flag. All cars must slow
down immediately to a pre-determined pace, hold
their position, and form a single line behind the
the race must be stopped immediately, regardless
of the position of the cars on the track. The red
flag shall be used if NASCAR officials decide the
race should be stopped, usually for safety and/or
competition-related reasons. Cars will be brought
to a stop in an area designated by NASCAR officials.
Repairs or service of any nature or refueling —
whether on pit road or the garage — will not
be permitted when the race is halted due to a red
flag, unless the car has withdrawn from the event.
when the driver in the lead begins his final lap
of the race.
most famous of all flags, the black and white checkered
flag is displayed when the winner has crossed the
finish line. All cars on the track will take the
checkered flag once.