SPEED.com is reporting that the Chase for the Sprint Cup will continue to have 12 drivers, but the way in which the field will be set will change this year.
Sources have told SPEED.com that in tonight’s press conference with NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France—which will be streamed live online at NASCAR.com—the new Chase system, along with a new points structure, will be announced.
After 26 races the top 10 drivers in the standings will be locked into the Chase, plus the two drivers outside the top 10 who have scored the most wins.
A new 43-to-1 point system will be announced as well, with first place scoring 43 points, second place scoring 42 points, decreasing one point for each position all the way down to one point for finishing 43rd.
Along with scoring two or three Chase bonus points for regular season race wins, drivers will also be awarded one bonus point for leading a lap in a given race.
Watch the official “State of the Sport” address from the NASCAR Hall of Fame live on NASCAR.com tonight at 6:30 PM ET and on SPEED Channel around 7 PM ET as part of NASCAR Race Hub.