NASCAR has taken additional steps to cut back Cup drivers’ participation in its decrease degree Xfinity and Vehicles sequence.
Inventory automobile racing’s governing physique has made a sequence of guidelines changes lately to forestall its prime tier drivers dominating the help classes too.
From subsequent season drivers with greater than three full-time seasons within the Cup sequence will probably be restricted to 5 races every year in each Xfinity and Vehicles. The present restrict is seven.
As well as, any drivers incomes factors within the Cup sequence are barred from working within the regular-season finale and all playoff races within the different sequence in addition to the 2 help championships’ bonus cash mini-series – Xfinity’s ‘Sprint four Money’ races and the Truck Sequence’ ‘Triple Truck Problem’.
NASCAR’s senior director of racing operations Meghan Miley mentioned the adjustments “proceed our dedication to strengthening our race groups and offering a stronger area with even larger competitors for our followers”.
The prevailing limits had already had a dramatic impression on the Xfinity and Truck sequence.
Earlier within the decade, nearly all of rounds of what’s now Xfinity had been received by full-time Cup drivers including further races to their programmes.
However this 12 months solely three of the 22 Xfinity races held thus far have been received by a Cup common, with Kyle Busch triumphing on every event.
Limiting Cup drivers’ Xfinity participation was supposed to underline its objective as a feeder sequence growing expertise for the highest class.
The present Xfinity prime three are all of their early 20s and affiliated with Cup groups – Richard Childress Racing protege Tyler Reddick presently main Joe Gibbs Racing younger gun Christopher Bell and Stewart-Haas’s Cole Custer.
Kyle Busch can be the one Cup driver to have received in Vehicles this 12 months, successful 5 of the sequence’ 17 rounds thus far together with a run of 4 in a row early within the season.