Does NASCAR’s Chase format belong in XFINITY, Truck series?

Brian France met with the media Tuesday in Charlotte. (Greg Engle)
Brian France met with the media Tuesday in Charlotte. (Greg Engle)
Brian France met with the media Tuesday in Charlotte. (Greg Engle)

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>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.