Charlotte, N.C. – NASCAR’s championship Chase format is no longer confined to the top tier series. Tuesday during the 2016 NASCAR Media Tour the sanctioning body announced that the Chase format once exclusive to the Sprint Cup series will now be used to determine the champions for the XFINITY and Truck series in 2016.
The format featured in the top touring Sprint Cup series since 2004 and tweaked in 2014, features separate rounds of eligible drivers who are eliminated after three race rounds leaving four drivers racing for the respective series title in the final race of the season with the highest finisher among the four crowned as champion.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series Chase begins with 16 drivers; under the new format announced Tuesday, 12 drivers will be eligible in the XFINITY Series, and eight in the Truck Series. Like the Sprint Cup series, three races will make up each round and the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will determine the champion. The one caveat under the new format is that drivers who are competing in the Sprint Cup series for points will not be allowed to compete in the final event at Homestead for the XFINITY and Truck series. MORE>>>