NASCAR has announced several rules changes for the 2019 Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
In the Xfinity Series, a maximum starting field will comprise 38 cars starting in 2019. NASCAR will reallocate the purse money previously awarded to the 39th- and 40th-place finishers to the rest of the field.
“Our goal is to ensure that each race features the strongest field and best racing for our fans,” said John Bobo, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “The NASCAR Xfinity Series already features some of the tightest competition throughout the field. This adjustment will further strengthen an already outstanding series.”
NASCAR also announced today that the four 2018 tracks will again make up next year’s Dash 4 Cash slate. In 2019, the March 30 race at Texas Motor Speedway will serve as the qualifier race, with the top four Xfinity Series points earners landing spots in the Dash 4 Cash opener at Bristol Motor Speedway (April 6). The remaining three Dash 4 Cash races will be held at Richmond Raceway (April 12), Talladega Superspeedway (April 27) and Dover International Speedway (May 4).
NASCAR has also implemented more defined participation guidelines this season for both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series, which will be known as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. These guidelines are intended to further define each series’ identity.
In 2019, the next step in that effort at definition will occur, as team owners in the Xfinity Series will only earn Playoff points and a race win will only count towards Owner Championship Playoff eligibility if the driver earns points in that series or the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Subsequently, a Gander Outdoors Truck Series owner will only earn Playoff points and a race win will only count towards the Playoffs if the driver earns points in that series.