Brian France met with the media Sunday Morning, to reveal the newly formed Stage Racing Format for the 2018 NASCAR Mock Season. Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, revealed that this will go into effect immediatley before the startup of the 2018 NASCAR Mock Season. This new Stage Format will be introduced to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with each race being set up into 3 Stages. This format is created to award the drivers and teams for their good performance throughout the regular season, and as well as in the Playoff's. Each NASCAR Event will be divided up into 3 Stages with the length of each race being set to 25%. At the end of each stage, the Top 10 in the running order will be given stage points, which will be added to their Regular Season Points. The Winner of each stage will be given an additional Playoff Point should they make the Playoff's to run for the championship. Positions 1-10 will be given a Point Total of 10-1, with the Winner of a Stage receiving 10 points, and the 10 place finisher receiving 1. Stage Points will first be available in the Can-am Duels at Daytona.
Kyle Busch Motorsports revealed Friday Morning that the organization will field four full time Toyota's in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season. Team Owner and Driver Kyle Busch stated that the team will have four full time trucks with three full time drivers. No numbers, drivers, or sponsors were revealed but Kyle Busch did announce that he will drive 5 NCWTS races in 2018, in the #51 Toyota. Busch will drive at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Kentucky, and Pocono while other drivers for the #51 will be announced at a later date. Since the team was created back in 2010, this will be the first time KBM has ran 4 full time trucks in one season
Brad Keselowski Racing has confirmed on social media that the team will downscale to a one truck team in 2018 and will suspend operations on the #19 immeditialey following the conclusion of the 2017 season. BKR, which has fieleded two full time trucks since 2013, will shut down the #19 due to lack of funding and has begun to layoff employees. Austin Cindric has been released from Brad Keselowski Racing but BKR is trying to struck a deal with another truck team, (possibly another Ford team), to get Cindric a ride for 2018. The #29 will return in 2018 and is expected to have a new driver behind the wheel beginning at Daytona as BKR hopes to get enough funding together throughout the 2018 season, and hopes to return as a two truck organization in 2019
The 2018 NASCAR Mock Season Schedule was officially released this afternoon from NASCAR, revealing major changes to the schedule for the 2018 season. NASCAR confirmed that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will continue with its normal 36 race season, along with 33 XFINITY Races, and 23 Truck Races
Next season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will finally make their debut at the Iowa Speedway in August of 2018, making it a dobule header weekend for their fall weekend at the track, joining the XFINITY Series. This big change did come at a cost for one Monster Energy Cup Track; that being the Michigan International Speedway. Michigan will lose its Fall Date and will be replaced by Iowa on that respective date. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan is normally held in the Fall but will be moved into the Spring on a Friday Afternoon, making it a quadruple weekend with Cup, XFINITY, and ARCA.
As Michigan loses a date, another track will receive an additional date for 2018; that being the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the first time since their inaugural race in 1998, Las Vegas will hold two Monster Energy Cup Series races in one season. The Second Las Vegas Race will kickoff the Cup Series Playoff's in Round #1 which will replace Chicagoland which will be moved to the Summer.
The Final regular season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be held at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway which will officially set which 16 drivers will face off in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and battle for the championship. Indianapolis will replace Richmond of being the cut-off race, as Richmond's second date will become a Playoff Race.
NASCAR also confirmed that the Bank of America 500 will be run on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Road Course) in the Playoff's. This will give us 3 road course races for the Cup Series in 2018
The ARCA Racing Series, which is also connected in the NASCAR Mock Season, also released their schedule, with their one and only big change being their debut at the historic Greenville Pickens Speeway in Greenville, SC.
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