Chasing NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series Glory

With NASCAR media tour wrapping up last week in the heart of the sport of Charlotte, North Carolina, various changes have been implemented.

Currently, one of the most talked about changes is the introduction of the Chase formats for both the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.  Just like the Sprint Cup Series, full-time drivers will suit up trying to avoid elimination to be in the 2016 championship run.  However, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series Chase grids will look a little different.

In the XFINITY Series, three rounds will take place before crowning the Champion.  The first round will consist of twelve drivers who have won a race or finished highest in points to earn their spot. These twelve drivers will race at Kentucky, Dover, and Charlotte where only the top eight will advance.

The eight drivers will then battle it out at Kansas, Texas, and Phoenix.  The four highest placing teams will move into the Championship race at Homestead-Miami where they will have a chance to compete for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship.  Similar to the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase Grid format, the driver in the highest finishing position will win the title.

Matt Crafton and his Truck Series competitors will have a Chase to the title.

Matt Crafton and his Truck Series competitors will have a Chase to the title.

The NASCAR playoffs don’t stop there.  The Camping World Truck Series has a similar new points format. To qualify for their version of the playoffs, the same rules apply.  Win a race or have the highest amount of points to claim any of the eight available positions.

Eight drivers will go head-to-head racing at New Hampshire, Las Vegas, and Talladega where the bottom two will be eliminated.  In round two, we have Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix where six drivers and teams will go at it again. From here, Homestead hosts the final four yet again. By the end of the night, one young talent’s career will be changed forever.

Now that all three NASCAR Series have a variation of the Chase, it’s easy to say this season in stock car and truck racing is all about winning.  There is no longer a guarantee that consistency is the key to winning a NASCAR title.

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