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The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) is a pickup truck racing series owned . On January 19, , NASCAR announced the introduction of a playoff agreement prohibited competitors under 18 in any race during the meet. and the Truck Series' rule regulated a minimum age of 16 for any circuit one. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American auto racing NASCAR has presented races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, . Beach and met with Bill France Sr. In the spring of , NASCAR became a . Starting with the season finale, NASCAR began to add additional. At the pinnacle of car racing, greatness is often determined by the on dirt roads of South America before conquering the European circuits.
Sincethe Cup Series season has consisted of 36 races over 10 months. The record for most championships is 7, held by three drivers: Johnson has the record for most consecutive with five consecutive Cup Series drivers' championships from to Previously, the most consecutive championships had been three in a row by Cale Yarborough in the late s, the only other time when a driver has won three or more NASCAR Cup Series championships in a row.
The Cup Series had its first title sponsor in As a result of that sponsorship, the Grand National Series became known as the Winston Cup Series starting in with a new points system and some significant cash benefits to compete for championship points. Inthe season was shortened from 48 races including two on dirt tracks to The next competitive level, called Late Model Sportsman, gained the "Grand National" title passed down from the top division and soon found a sponsor in Busch Beer.
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Reynoldswho had sponsored it as the Winston Cup from untiland formally renamed it the Nextel Cup Series. A new championship points system, the " Chase for the Nextel Cup ," renamed "Chase for the Sprint Cup" in was also developed, which reset the point standings with ten races to go, making only drivers in the top ten or within points of the leader eligible to win the championship.
InNASCAR announced it was expanding "The Chase" from ten to twelve drivers, eliminating the point cutoff, and giving a ten-point bonus to the top twelve drivers for each of the races they have won out of the first Wins throughout the season would also be awarded five more points than in previous seasons.
Inthe premier series title name became the Sprint Cup Series, as part of the merger between Nextel and Sprint.Goodbye ABSC
InNASCAR announced a number of major rules changes, the most significant being abandoning the points system from the bar napkin. The winner of a race now receives 43 points, with one-point decrements for each subsequent position 42 for second, 41 for third, and so on.
The winner also receives 3 bonus points, and single bonus points are awarded to all drivers who lead a lap, plus the driver who leads the most laps. Another significant change involves the qualifying process for the Chase. The number of qualifying drivers will remain at 12, but only the top 10 will qualify solely on regular-season points. The remaining two Chase drivers will be the two drivers in the next 10 of the point standings 11th through 20th with the most race wins in the regular season.
InNASCAR announced another revamp to the Chase format, expanding the Chase pool to 16 drivers, and eliminating four drivers after every three races, leaving four drivers to compete for the championship at the season finale at Homestead. In addition, wins were given an increased emphasis, with the 16 drivers with the most wins 15 if the points leader is winless; points leader will receive an automatic berth gaining a spot in the chase.
If there are less than 16 winners, the remaining spots will be filled based on the conventional points system.
The most recent series champion is Tyler Reddick in To cut costs, NASCAR required teams to use sealed engines, with teams not being allowed to run at most three races with a previously-used engine.
Additionally, NASCAR reduced the maximum number of pit crew members allowed over the wall for a pit stop from seven to five, and required teams to only take either fuel or tires on a single pit stop in Starting with the season, NASCAR implemented a new rule that allows drivers to compete for the drivers' championship in only one of the three national touring series Cup, Xfinity, or Truck in a given season.
The contract through is scheduled to continue as planned.
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The issue resulted in a rule change that mandated that any driver competing in a NASCAR national touring series Truck, Busch, Cup or any regional series race on the weekend of a national series race must be at least 18 in order to comply with the Master Settlement Agreement.
The series was dominated by older drivers, most with Xfinity and Cup Series experience: Even though novice drivers play a minimal role in this " minor league " series, there is no controversy like the disputes over " Buschwhackers " in the Nationwide Series now Xfinity Series. No current Cup regulars drive a full Truck Series schedule, although Cup driver Kevin Harvick owned his own team in the series until Brad Keselowski owned his own team until he announced cease of operations in  and Kyle Busch currently fields his own team, Kyle Busch Motorsportsrespectively, driving part-time for his team.
A current Truck Series field could be split into three groups: Cup drivers that compete as owner-drivers like Busch, or to receive additional money like David Gilliland ; Truck regulars that compete full-time in the series; and young drivers who use the Truck Series to enter NASCAR.
Previously, 36 trucks comprised a field, but the number of entrants had been decreasing; inan average of 33 trucks were entered per race, the smallest field being 27 at Texas and the maximum being reached only eight times. The sessions are three rounds long, In round one, all drivers have 20 minutes to set a time, while the 24 fastest advance to the second round.
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In the second round, the drivers have 10 minutes to run, and the top 12 advance to the final round; the final round, a five-minute session, determines the starting lineup of the top Most of the first races were no longer than miles in length, with many being lap races on short tracks. The only time tire changes were possible were for the interest of safety, such as a tire failure, or a danger to the tire. The rule was popular with television and fans, and was spread for the entire schedule afterwards as pit reporters could interview drivers and crew chiefs for the break in a time without stress.
However, starting inNASCAR introduced competition cautions, with each team being awarded four sets of tires; with this rule change, the halftime break was abolished starting with the race at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
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These rules were influential in driver development. Drivers had to learn to conserve tire wear for up to a half race, which allowed them to learn conserving the truck. Some drivers used the rules to learn tire conservation for other series.