NASCAR considering Chase-style format for Camping World Trucks Series

Erik Jones won the NASCAR Trucks title in his first full-time season. Can he win an Xfinity title with the new rules format? Image courtesy of @NASCAR_Trucks.
Image courtesy of @NASCAR_Trucks.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR_Trucks.

The NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series has produced some exciting battles for the championship in recent years, and will likely continue that trend with Matt Crafton and Erik Jones this season. Instead of sticking with what’s working, NASCAR might be changing the format to a similar style of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

NASCAR is contemplating taking eight drivers from the series contending for the title and entering them in a seven-race elimination bracket, according to Motorsport.com. Two drivers would be cut after each three-race segment until only four drivers are competing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Would Matt Crafton be a two-time defending Trucks champion in a Chase format? Image courtesy of @NASCAR_Trucks.

Would Matt Crafton be a two-time defending Trucks champion in a Chase format? Image courtesy of @NASCAR_Trucks.

There is currently no word on whether or not a win would clinch a spot in the Chase or the next round. With seven full-time CWTS drivers winning races this season, that would make for an interesting twist to the points race.

Brad Keselowski, who owns Brad Keselowski Racing at the Trucks level, offered his take on what a switch would mean for the series.

“All the series are so different that one template that applies to one certainly doesn’t apply to the next,” Keselowski said. “Things that works in the Cup series don’t always work in the truck series and vice versa — and I respect that.

“But it’s too early to answer whether that would work in the truck series.”

This rule change is still clearly in the planning period, but it would offer a thrilling end to the Trucks season in the future. It would also eliminate several worthy title contenders like the Chase has in Sprint Cup this season.

 

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