Debuting this year as a trio of standalone races for the series, the 2020 Triple Truck Challenge will consist of three new tracks, all companion events to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Stock auto racing’s governing body has made a series of rules adjustments in recent years to prevent its top tier drivers dominating the support categories too.
For the 2020 season, Cup drivers with at least three full seasons in the premier series may only run five races each in the two lower tiers; although this limit is already in place in Trucks, the Xfinity total will decrease by two.
In addition, any drivers earning points in the Cup series are barred from running in the regular-season finale and all playoff races in each series as well as the Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash races and the three races which comprise the Triple Truck Challenge.
“I think with everything, once you get through the first year or even the second or third year, you take a look at it and see what always needs tweaked or maybe updated”, Meghan Miley, NASCAR’s senior director of racing operations, told NASCAR.com.
The maximum starting field will go from 38 to 36 cars with 31 starting positions based on qualifying times, four provisional positions based on the rulebook, and one past champion provisional. While Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Dover International Speedway will remain D4C events, Richmond Raceway will be replaced by Texas Motor Speedway, while Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as a qualifying event. Drivers who earn points in the Xfinity Series are ineligible to compete in the Triple Truck Challenge races and the championship race. “These programs provide our teams with an incredible performance-based bonus opportunity each season”.
Subsequent Triple Truck Challenge events will be held at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway on May 1 and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 15. “By removing the entry deadline requirement for the Triple Truck Challenge, we ensure our teams and fans know immediately if a driver is eligible to race for additional bonuses”.