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NASCAR Announces Restrictions For Cup Drivers



NASCAR officials announced on Wednesday that it will place restrictions on the number of lower level races that Sprint Cup Series veterans can participate in beginning in 2017.

Next year, any driver with 5 years of full-time experience in the Cup series and is declared to be running for the Cup title will be limited to no more than 10 starts in the Xfinity Series. Additionally, any driver who meets those criteria will not be permitted to start more than 7 races in the Camping World Truck Series.

But NASCAR went a step further with the restrictions. Those drivers will also not be permitted to run any of the races that are part of the chase for the championship in either series. The four races that are part of the Nationwide Dash for Cash program in the Xfinity division are also off limits. Those races will be determined at a later date but typically take place during the mid season summer stretch.

NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell hinted at the likelihood of such a change just over a week ago, citing many fans’ concerns that new, up and coming drivers were not getting enough exposure to help fans familiarize themselves with the next generation of talent.

Currently, the only such restrictions in place prohibit any Cup driver who participated in last year’s chase from running in the season finale for either lower level tour. To this point, Cup regulars have won 18 of the 30 Xfinity races this season and 3 out of 19 truck series events.