The new, elimination-style championship format, similar but not identical to the one used with great success the past two years in
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will inevitably inject
added drama into the final weeks of the NASCAR
XFINIT Y Series season.
Among those excited about the change is Richard
Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon, a driver who was in
the thick of the battle for the XFINITY Series title in
2014 and 2015, only to come up short.
“The last two years have been successful years,”
said Dillon, who’s in his third season as the full-time
driver of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet
Camaro in the XFINITY Series. “I’ve been in the
hunt to win the championship and there have been
a couple of races that have taken us out in the
old-style points format.”
The seven-race XFINITY Series Chase begins at
Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and features 12
drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers
competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-
A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a
driver entry into the XFINITY Series Chase, pro-
vided the driver is in the top 30 in points and has
attempted to qualify for each race. Drivers who win
two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are also all but guaran-
teed a Chase berth.
The first round, called the Round of 12, consists
of the races at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. All
drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000,
with three bonus points added to their total for each
win in the first 26 races. If a driver wins a race in
the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances
to the next round. The remaining available positions
(1-8) will be filled based on points.
Each driver who advances to the Round of 8
(Kansas, Texas and Phoenix) then will have his points
reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race automatically
advance to the Championship 4. The remaining avail-
able positions (1-4) will be filled based on points.
The four drivers who advance to the
Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest
finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned
“I think the format is cool, especially with the
series so young and full of drivers who are hoping,
like myself, to go full time in the Sprint Cup Series
and race in the Sprint Cup Chase,” Dillon said.
New Chase Format Excites Ty Dillon
Back in January, when NASCAR officials announced the
implementation of a playoff system for the XFINITY Series,
many drivers in NASCAR’s No. 2 division quickly voiced
their approval of the change.
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If Ty Dillon wins the NASCAR XFINIT Y Series championship or accom-plishes anything else of note
the rest of this year, he won’t
be celebrating alone.
Through the power of
Twitter – where Dillon had
139,000 followers as of
press time – his fans from
all over the globe will get to
share in the joy.
Dillon, who joined the
website in April 2009, tweets
on a regular basis.
“It is just another way to
reach out to people who care
a lot about you,” the youngest grandson of team owner
Richard Childress said.
“Fans are the coolest thing
about any sport, and obviously in NASCAR we are so
close for the fans. It is a cool
way to reach out because you
can’t always answer every
question for every fan at the
race track; you are always
busy doing something.
“It gives you more opportunity on a different platform
and a different setting to
communicate with our fans
and let them know what kind
of a person you are outside
the race track and outside
the hustle and bustle of race
day,” Dillon continued. “They
only get to see a glimpse of
you for a second. I think it is
a really unique platform that
allows you to connect to your