NASCAR to change points format for 2017 season, report says – Sporting News

The 2017 NASCAR Cup season will be drastically different than in years past, from the series title to drivers and now a new rules format. 

According to Motorsport.com, NASCAR is set to unveil a series of changes to its regular season points format, which includes breaking each race into segments. 

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The changes to the points system, which are expected to be announced Monday, are supported by the Cup series drivers’ council. 

Here are some details of the changes, per Motorsport.com. 

— NASCAR will tell teams before the season how each race will be divided. The number of segments will be based on race and track length.

— Bonus points will be awarded for those drivers running in the top 10 at the end of each segment.

— During the segment breaks, TV broadcasts will attempt to miss as little on-track action as possible.

— Normal points will be awarded to the finishing order of the race (40 points to first, 39 to second, 38 to third, etc.). 

— A driver’s points total for the race will include race-finish points plus any top-10 running bonus points collected in the segments.

— Drivers will have the chance to earn bonus points during the Chase.

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