NASCAR competition officials announced rule changes for The Xfinity Series and The Camping World Truck series this week, which includes shortening The Xfinity Series field to 38 cars and a new owners championship points system. Officials also announced the return of The Dash For Cash program and gave a timeline for when final rule changes would be made final for the series.
“I think the main reason we’re making these changes is for a stronger field with greater competition,” said John Bobo, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “We want to provide the best racing in the world for our fans and we have to monitor and make changes when needed. I think one of the great things that we did in looking at these changes is we worked really collaboratively with the teams, the drivers and the tracks to really just provide the strongest race product from all sides of the garage.”
Going back to the new owners championship points system, NASCAR is only allowing drivers that compete in their respective series to compete for an owners title. That means teams can’t use veteran drivers from other series to help them win an owners championship, which forces teams to use younger drivers instead.
The Dash for cash will return next season at the same four tracks as before and Cup Series competitors will again be banned from competing in the events. Interestingly enough, NASCAR still hasn’t made a decision on continuing to limit Cup drivers competing in lower tiered series, which is something they have done the last two seasons by only allowing them to run a certain number of races.
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