NASCAR may crack down on Cup drivers/teams in Xfinity, Truck
Kyle Busch win the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 15, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
During his weekly check-in with Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio on Monday, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell hinted at rules changes relating to Sprint Cup Series drivers/teams competing in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.
“It certainly is on our radar,” O’Donnell said. “We’ve heard the fans. It’s interesting; it’s been a balance throughout the years. We’ve always had Sprint Cup drivers come into the Xfinity Series and sometimes dominate, back in the Mark Martin days.”
While Cup drivers in the Xfinity Series has been a common occurance, fan outcry has increased in volume in recent years, seemingly in response to the dominance of Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing. The outcry has gotten even louder, yet, with the Truck and Xfinity series going to a chase elimination format to determine those series champions for the first time this year.
When NASCAR announced the chase formats in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, a call was made to prohibit drivers in the previous year’s Sprint Cup Chase for the Sprint Cup from competing in the season-finales in the Xfinity and Truck series, but other Sprint Cup drivers may compete in those races, and previous and current season Sprint Cup Chase drivers may compete in any or all of the other chase races in the Truck and Xfinity series.
Reigning Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch won an Xfinity Series chase race Saturday at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City. It was his ninth Xfinity win of the season. In addition to Busch’s nine Xfinity Series wins, 10 other Xfinity races of the 30, so far, were won by Sprint Cup regulars.
While Busch and a small handful of other Sprint Cup drivers routinely compete in the Camping World Truck Series, Cup drivers don’t have as big of a presence in that series as in the Xfinity Series.