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CHASE FORMAT EXTENDED TO NASCAR XFINITY, CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (January 19, 2016) - Using the overwhelming success of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format introduced in 2014 as a guidepost, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced Tuesday the implementation of a playoff system in both the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series beginning this season.

>On the heels of a 2015 Chase that saw the highest season-finale viewership in nearly a decade and unparalleled volume on social and digital media, the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series will each feature a seven-race Chase to decide its respective championships.

One of the speedways to benefit substantially from the expansion of the Chase format will be Texas Motor Speedway. The speedway has played host to the eighth race in the 10-event Chase concept for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2005 with November’s annual AAA Texas 500 and now that marquee event will be joined by playoff-style events in both the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series on that same weekend.

The Longhorn 350 on Friday, Nov. 4, will serve as the fifth race of the Chase format for the Camping World Truck Series and be part of the three-race Round of 6 that will help determine which four drivers will vie for the championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 5, will serve in a similar role for the XFINITY Series. The race also will be the fifth race in the Chase format, but will be part of the Round of 8 that will help determine the four that will vie for the title at Homestead. The NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway culminates Sunday, Nov. 6, with the AAA Texas 500, the middle event of the three-race Eliminator 8 Round that determines the four drivers competing for the Sprint Cup title at Homestead.

Texas Motor Speedway season tickets, beginning at $199, currently are on sale and include the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend (April 7-9) and Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader (June 9-11) in additional to the AAA Texas 500 tripleheader. AAA Texas 500 “4 Packs,” which encompass all four days of racing that weekend, will go on sale on-site only at Texas Motor Speedway beginning Friday, April 8, during the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR weekend. AAA Texas 500 “4 Packs” will be available through all channels to the general public on April 12. Individual tickets for the AAA Texas 500 tripleheader weekend will go on sale Aug. 12.

“Fans, partners and the industry have embraced the new Chase format like nothing we’ve seen in the sport’s history,” France said. “Winning never has been this important, and the excitement generated the past two seasons in the Sprint Cup Series has led to this implementation of the Chase format in all three national series. Competition in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will undoubtedly elevate to new heights and shine a spotlight on the rising stars of our sport.”

The XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series will implement seven-race, three-round Chase formats with unique characteristics, but very much in the same spirit of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All three series will conclude the Chase with a Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to crown a champion. However, all three will begin at different tracks: Chicago (Sprint Cup Series), Kentucky (XFINITY Series) and New Hampshire (Camping World Truck Series).

The 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who qualified for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be ineligible to compete in the 2016 XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 races at Homestead.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHASE

  • The seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and feature 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR XFINITY 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 the races at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. All drivers will 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 on points.
  • Each driver who advances to the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their 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 on points.
  •  The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CHASE

  • The seven-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase will begin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 24. It will feature eight drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A win in the first 16 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, provided that the driver is in the Top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race.
  • The first round, called the Round of 8, consists of the races at New Hampshire, Las Vegas, and Talladega. All 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 (Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 6 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.
  • The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will win the championship.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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