Races 30-32 on the season are
known as the Round of 12 and are held
at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kansas
Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway,
respectively. Talladega is the elimination
race where the Chase field is whittled
from 12 drivers to eight.
Races 33-35 are dubbed the Round of
8 and are held at Martinsville Speedway,
Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, respectively. Only four
drivers leave PIR still in title contention.
The season’s 36th and final race is
the winner-take-all NASCAR Sprint Cup
Championship. A win by a championship-eligible driver in any Chase race automatically clinches the winning driver a spot in
the next Chase round.
The positions for each round that aren’t
filled based on wins in the previous round
are filled based on points, and point totals
are reset at the beginning of each round
to be equal for every driver who remains
The highest finisher at Homestead-Miami Speedway among the four championship finalists – formally dubbed the
Championship 4 – is the series champion.
In both seasons with the elimination format, the winner-take-all finale has come
down to the final lap, with the champion
winning the race and another Championship 4 driver finishing just behind him in
It happened in 2014 with Kevin
Harvick beating out Ryan Newman, and it
happened again last year with Kyle Busch
“Our fans have rallied around the format,” France said. “Our drivers, our teams
have done that. And what you saw was in
year two a real understanding of what it
takes to compete in each of the rounds,
the strategies and so on, and that makes
the racing better, because chances are
taken, things are getting figured out, more
teams are competitive, more surprises are
“So we couldn’t have felt better about
leading up to the finale in Homestead
where we had a record audience – the
best audience on television in a decade.
And they watched four drivers battle it out,
and as was the case in the first year, we
thought that you had to win the race to win
When NASCAR executives announced in January the implementation of a playoff system for the NASCAR XFINIT Y Series,
many in the sport voiced their approval – and with
The new, elimination-style championship format
is similar, although not identical, to the one used
to great success the past two years in the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series.
The seven-race NASCAR XFINIT Y Series Chase
begins at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and
features 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with
a quartet of drivers competing in the Championship
4 race at Homestead-Miami Speed way.
A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a
driver entry into the NASCAR XFINIT Y Series Chase,
provided 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 guaranteed a Chase berth.
The first round, called the Round of 12, consists
of races at Kentucky Speedway, Dover International
Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. All drivers start with their points adjusted to 2,000, with
three additional 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) that have not been filled by wins 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 in the Round
of 8 automatically advance to the Championship 4.
The remaining available positions ( 1-4) that have
not been filled by wins will be filled based on points.
The four drivers who make up the Championship
4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will have their
points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be the champion.
NEW CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT INCLUDES
12 DRIVERS, 7 RACES
As with the NASCAR XFINI T Y Series, the new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase features an elimination format modeled after
the one used the past two years in the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series. But the Truck Series Chase isn’t
identical to the playoff format used in either of
NASCAR’s top two divisions.
Consisting of seven races, the inaugural NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series Chase kicks off at
New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 24. The
playoff will feature eight drivers and two elimination
rounds, with four drivers making up the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A win in the
season’s first 16 races all but guarantees a driver
entry into the Truck Series Chase, as long as that
driver is in the top 30 in series points.
The first round, called the Round of 8, consists of
races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. All
qualified drivers will have their points adjusted to
2,000, with three additional bonus points added
to their total for each win in the first 16 races. If a
driver wins a race in the Round of 8, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining
available positions ( 1-6) that have not been filled by
wins will be filled on points.
Each driver who advances to the Round of 6 –
consisting of races at Martinsville Speedway, Texas
Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway
– will have his points reset to 3,000. Drivers who
win in the Round of 6 automatically advance to the
Championship 4 at Homestead. The remaining available positions ( 1-4) that have not been filled by wins
will be filled based on points.
The four drivers in the Championship 4 will have
their point totals reset to 4,000, and the highest
finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned
FORMAT FEATURES 8 DRIVERS, 7 RACES
FOR THE TAILGATE BRIGADE
24 POLE POSI TION 2016