As the 2018 racing season approaches the playoffs, the NASCAR competition committee turns its attention to the new racing season in 2019. On August 23 the committee released the changes in store for the Camping World Truck (soon to become the Gander Outdoors Truck Series) and Xfinity Series that includes a change in the number of racers on the track during an event.
The biggest change to the rules will be in the Xfinity Series where they will lose two cars in the starting grid. Currently, the Xfinity Series fields 40 cars per race. Beginning next season, that number will drop to 38.
The change will also bring a little more money to each team since the purse will be divided for 38 drivers instead of 40.
The Dash-4-Cash returns next spring in the Xfinity Series to Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover where drivers will have the opportunity to win $1 million. Again next year, the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers are not eligible to run in those races.
Another big change that will take place in both series affects the team owners. Currently, team owners are allowed to put Monster Energy Cup Series drivers behind the wheel for a limited number of races and will sometimes employ a “ringer” for a particular track or style of race. That will not change; however, team owners in the CWTS and Xfinity Series will only playoff points and automatic playoff berths when the driver wins the race; unless the driver is a series regular, in which case the owner will earn the appropriate position points.