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2015 Xfinity, Camping World Truck Series to Receive Rule Changes

2015 Xfinity, Camping World Truck Series to Receive Rule Changes

by October 22, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Some key changes are coming to the Camping World Truck Series and the newly-christened Xfinity Series for next season.

These changes will impact qualifying and on-track driver identification from the 2015 season on.

The first change regarding qualifying will effect the Camping World Truck Series only as their race grids will shrink from the long-standing maximum of 36 to 32.

This move comes as a response to the smaller fields that have shown up to qualify for each event. 13 of the 18 races run by the series this year so far have been started with fewer than 36 trucks on the starting grid.

The modification to the starting grid is quoted by NASCAR to “encourage and reward hard racing, help solidify and build the ownership base, add even more drama and intrigue to the race weekend and most importantly, provide fans with the competition possible.”

The Xfinity Series’ maximum amount of drivers allowed to start a race will remain at 40 for 2015.

Both series will also receive modifications to their qualifying procedures that will align the two series’ procedures more closely to those used in the Sprint Cup Series.

For the Xfinity Series, positions 1-33 will be set by the fastest individual lap run by a driver in qualifying while positions 1-27 will be set by the same fashion for the Camping World Truck Series.

Positions 34-39 for the Xfinity Series and 28-31 for the Camping World Truck Series will then be set by the highest ranking cars in the owner standings that did not make the top-33/top-27 by speed. The final position for each series’ grid will be a provisional reserved for the most recent past champion that was entered for the race, should it be needed. If qualifying is rained out, the field will be set by practice speeds.

NASCAR will also mandate the placement of a drivers’ last name on the rear window of both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series race cars.

Unlike the Sprint Cup Series where the last name of a driver is displayed on the front windshield, the Xfinity and Camping World logos are displayed on the windshield – something that will carry over to the 2015 season.

NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Competition and Racing Development, Robin Pemberton, issued a statement earlier today on the changes that will be implemented for both series next year.

“Our mission of providing the best on-track product possible is always among our top objectives,” Pemberton states. “We’re confident in the direction these changes will take these series.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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