Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fast Facts: The Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series Chases



We’re all familiar with the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but this year, NASCAR has added the Chase for the Championship format to the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. This week’s Fast Facts will update you on the players and the game in the first year of these two playoffs.

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  • The Xfinity Series Chase features 12 drivers racing for the championship over a span of seven races. After the first three races – Kentucky, Dover, and Charlotte – the field is narrowed down to eight drivers, and after the next three races – Kansas, Texas and Phoenix – the field is narrowed down to the Championship Four – the four drivers competing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Much like the Chase for the Sprint Cup, eligible Xfinity Series drivers (those competing for points) earn three bonus points for every win during the “regular season.” Erik Jones is the No. 1 seed going into Kentucky with his points reset at 2012 points (12 bonus points for four wins), while Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez go in with 2003 points (three points for one win by each driver). Rounding out the field based on points, with points reset to 2000 points, are Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Darrell Wallace Jr., Brendan Gaughan, Brennan Poole, Ryan Seig, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones and Blake Koch.

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  • The Camping World Truck Series Chase features eight drivers racing for the championship over a span of seven races. After the first three races – New Hampshire, Las Vegas and Talladega – the field is narrowed down to six drivers, and after the next three races – Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix – the field is narrowed down to the Championship Four – the four drivers competing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • The Truck Series also uses the three-point-bonus system for eligible Truck Series drivers (those competing for points) with wins during the “regular season.” William Byron is the No. 1 seed with his points reset at 2015 points (15 bonus points for five wins), followed by Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek with 2006 points (six bonus points for two wins each). Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter and Ben Kennedy each enter the Chase with 2003 points (three bonus points for one win each), and Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters, each reset to 2000 points, round out the field based on “regular season” points.
Follow all of the NASCAR Chases at www.skirtsandscuffs.com

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