On the first day of NASCAR’s Sprint Media Tour on Tuesday, a Chase format was unveiled for the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series. The format is similar to the Chase for the Sprint Cup format utilized the past two seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, only shorter in length and including fewer teams.
“Fans, partners and the industry have embraced the new Chase format like nothing we’ve seen in the sport’s history,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said. “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 Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will, undoubtedly elevate to new heights and shine a spotlight on the rising stars of our sport.”
In both the Xfinity and Truck series, just as in the Sprint Cup Series, Chase fields will be made up of championship-eligible race winners from the top-30 in the series points standings, provided they attempted to qualify for each regular-season race. After race winners are placed in the Chase, Chase fields will be filled out by the remaining championship drivers highest in the series points standings. Four drivers will be eliminated every three races, with four drivers remaining to compete for the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series championships in November season-finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Also worth noting — 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors will not be allowed to compete in the Xfinity and Truck races at Homestead.
The Xfinity Series Chase will begin with 12 drivers at the Sept. 24 race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Those drivers will start the Chase with a base 2,000 points, plus three additional points for each win up to that point. The Xfinity Chase will be seven races long, with four drivers eliminated after race three and four more after race six. After the first elimination, remaining Chasers will have their points reset to 3,000. After the second elimination, the remaining four Chasers will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest-finishing driver among the four at Homestead will be the series champion.
The Camping World Truck Series Chase also will be seven races long, with eliminations after the third and sixth races but, unlike the Xfinity Series Chase, the Truck Chase will include only eight drivers and begin Sept. 24 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Points also will be adjusted for each remaining Chaser after each three-race elimination round, just as in the Xfinity Series Chase. But in the Truck Series Chase, only two drivers will be eliminated at the end of each of the elimination rounds, leaving four drivers to race for the championship in the final race. Points adjustments to start each round will be the same.