MADISON â The 2020 NASCAR Truck Series 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway will take place in August instead of June to create a IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader weekend Aug. 21-22 at the racetrack.
Also, NASCAR announced new pit stop rules for select races, including WWTRâs 200 and NASCAR officials announced the expansion of the Truck Series playoffs, adding two more drivers to the eight-team playoffs.
World Wide Technology Racetrackâs NASCAR Truck Series 200 is the first race in the Round of 10. Three races comprise the Round of 10: WWTR (Aug. 21), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario (Sept. 6) and Bristol (Sept. 17). Two teams will be eliminated at the conclusion of the Round of 10.
âThe NASCAR playoffs always produce incredible drama and weâre excited that our event will play such an important role in the championship chase,â said Chris Blair, executive vice president and GM of World Wide Technology Raceway.
The playoff format previously followed an opening Round of eight, another three races in the Round of Six and the Championship Four. Brad Moran, managing director for the Gander Trucks Series, said that the emergence of more top-level teams and the heightened degree of competition made the decision to increase the playoff field a natural one.
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âThe way the format was structured in the Gander Truck Series with the Round of eight, Round of 6, Round of four, we were leaving some excitement on the table,â Moran said. âMaybe three or four years ago, not so much, but certainly the last couple of years with the series strengthening to the position itâs in right now, we really felt putting 10 teams into the playoffs for a Round of 10 is just going to make it that much more exciting and interesting, and will put a lot of emphasis on winning races, which is what we try to do.â
Moran said that competition officials had been weighing a potential expansion by comparing final standings from previous seasons, ultimately arriving at a 10-driver field for the Gander Trucks tour. It also provides some late-season cohesion: Now all three national series will feature a Round of eight that cuts the playoff fields in half before the championship finales.
âIt seemed like the right number,â Moran said. âWe only start 32 trucks, we have a great group of owners, and we did not want to water down our playoffs, but the two additional trucks kind of changes the whole layout. It changes the whole ecosystem of the playoffs. People are going to be that much more aggressive to get one of those 10 spots, and it does marry up with the other two series when we get to the Round of eight.â