How 2018 Participate Guidelines Restrict 2017 Cup Driver Schedule

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by Caleb Whisler, Motorsports Journalist

With the new driver participation guidelines released on Tuesday by NASCAR, Kickin’ The Tires takes a look at how these new guidelines effect current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers and what they have run currently in either the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and/or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

Currently, MENCS drivers with five or more years of experience are limited to 10 NXS and seven NCWTS regular season events. In 2018, that number drops to seven NXS and five NCWTS regular season events.

Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski, are the prominent MENCS drivers, who have five or more years of experience in MENCS, that participate in NXS and/or NCWTS events regularly.

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For Busch, he has ran seven NXS and five NCWTS events in 2017. He has won three of seven NXS events and two of five NCWTS events he ran in this season. If the 2018 guidelines were in place today, his NXS season would have been over at Indianapolis  and NCWTS season would be over this past weekend at Pocono.

Logano has ran seven NXS events in 2017, winning only one event. If the 2018 guidelines were in place today, his NXS season would have ended at Indianapolis.

In 2017, Keselowski has ran seven events in NXS and zero events in NCWTS. Keselowski has collected only one win. If the 2018 guidelines were current, his season would have ended at New Hampshire.

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Austin Dillon currently has four years of full-time MENCS experience. Despite having four years of full-time MENCS, Dillon will hit the participation limit for 2018.

In 2017, he has participated in nine NXS and one NCWTS event.   If the 2018 guidelines were in place, his last race would have been Richmond.

Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin are MENCS drivers who have participated in NXS this season, but have competed in five or less races in the series.

Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, and Kyle Larson have participated in either NCWTS or NXS events, but fall below the participation limitation of five or more years of experience in MENCS.

As NASCAR continues to pursue limitations, these drivers will have to reconsider when they will run in NXS and NCWTS.

One Comment

  1. Al Torney

    August 1, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Generally speaking the attendence for the truck and Xfinity series is dismal. Except for a few events. We have been told by track owners that they need Cup drivers to attract fans. Fans say they want the Cup drivers gone. We’ll now see what happens attendence wise.

    The loss of Cup drivers may encourage new car and truck owners to enter the sport. This would be a positive. On the other hand Cup drivers who own teams in the series may shut down their operations which would be a negative.

    I do not watch the lower series because the Cup drivers invariably make them run always and boring.

    This is a wait and see situation. Could be good or could be bad. Something has to be done to attempt to save both series and the jobs they create.

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