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.
The changes to the points system, which are expected to be announced Monday, are supported by the Cup series drivers’ council.
I’m actually fine with the changes. But anything that suggests that all these guys aren’t driving their asses off makes me chuckle. https://t.co/3Stm0VUZbL
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 22, 2017
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.