NASCAR Adds Chase Format to XFINITY, Truck Series

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NASCAR has announced the implementation of a "playoff" system in both the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series starting in 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Playoff systems are coming to the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series in 2016.

NASCAR announced on Tuesday during the opening segment of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour its number two and three divisions will each feature a seven-race Chase to decide its respective championships starting in 2016.

"Fans, partners and the industry have embraced the new Chase format like nothing we’ve seen in the sport’s history," said France. "Winning never has been this important and the excitement generated the past two seasons in the Sprint Cup Series has led to this implementation of the Chase format in all three national series. Competition in both the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will elevate to new heights and shine a spotlight on the rising stars of our sport."

Both series will implement an elimination-style playoff format over a seven race Chase that will culminate in a championship-deciding event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The three national series Chases will begin at different tracks: Chicagoland Speedway (Sprint Cup Series), Kentucky (XFINITY Series) and New Hampshire (Camping World Truck Series).

NASCARDrivers still must declare a series in which they will earn points and will only be eligible to compete for a championship in that series. The 16 Sprint Cup Series drivers who qualified for the 2015 Chase will be ineligible to compete in the 2016 XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“It shows our fans how we crown champions in all three of our national series,” said Elton Sawyer, Camping World Truck Series Director. “A similar format obviously the amount of drivers are a little different that’s due to the fact that we have less races and have less vehicles in our race, so it’s gonna be good.”

The inclusion of a Chase system to NASCAR’s trio of top divisions is expected to raise fan interest.

“I think the fans are gonna be the winners,” said Wayne Auton, XFINITY Series Director. “Their gonna be able to go to Homestead or be able to set on their sofa Friday night for the Truck race, Saturday for the XFINITY race and Sunday for the Sprint Cup race and their gonna see three championships, really championships, that people are going to have to run their tails off for. You can’t go to Homestead and run 14th or 15th and expect to win it.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase
The seven-race Chase will begin Sept. 24 at Kentucky Speedway with 12 drivers and two elimination rounds. A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the Chase provided the driver is in the top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race. Drivers who win two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are also all but guaranteed a Chase berth.

The first round, called the Round of 12, consists of races at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. All drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000 with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-8) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

Each driver who advances to the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 8 automatically advance to The Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

The four drivers who advance to The Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest-finishing driver will be crowned NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase
The seven-race Chase will begin Sept. 24 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It will feature eight drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in The Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A win in the first 16 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the post-season provided that the driver is in the top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race.

The first round, called the Round of 8, consists of races at New Hampshire, Las Vegas and Talladega Superspeedway. All drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000 with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 16 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 8, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-6) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

Each driver who advances to the Round of 6 (Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 6 automatically advance to The Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

The four drivers who advance to The Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest-finishing driver there will win the championship.

All rules outlined above also apply to both series’ owner championship structures.

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