For a professional race car driver it isn’t just a job. Racers not only love to go fast, but they are also ready to jump behind the wheel and drive anything on for wheels. Every week of racing season broadcasters speak on one driver or another who has spent his days off behind the wheel racing somewhere.
For NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series racers that often means joining the drivers in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series races.
Before the 2017 racing season began NASCAR made a bold move and for the first time put a limit on the number and kinds of races Monster Energy regulars could run when it came to the Xfinity and Truck series.
Noting the quality of young talent that populates the other NASCAR series the Competition Committee has implemented rules that will further limit Monster Energy racers participation in all but Monster Energy Cup Series races.
Currently Monster Energy regulars with less than five years of experience in Monster Cup are allowed to run 10 Xfinity races and seven Truck races, excluding all Dash4Cash and playoff races. Beginning next season those numbers will fall to seven Xfinity races and five Truck races. No Monster Energy regular regardless of experience will be allowed to participate in the Dash4cash and an Xfinity or Truck playoff race.
NASCAR officials stated that they were not looking to eliminate Monster Cup drivers from participating in the other series races, but were trying to strike a balance that would satisfy all involved. In the past young drivers have expressed that they like having the Monster Cup drivers in races with them because it offers the opportunity to learn and become a better driver.
In 2011 NASCAR required all of its drivers to declare which one of the three racing series -monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck series – would be the series where they would compete for a championship.
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