Entering the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, field size limits had been 40 drivers ever since they were reduced from 43 to 40 ahead of the 2013 season. However, they were further reduced from 40 drivers to 38 drivers ahead of the 2019 season.
Now they are set to be reduced even more ahead of the 2020 season.
Beginning in the 2020 season, a maximum of 36 drivers will be able to compete in each Xfinity Series race.
No Xfinity Series race has featured fewer than 37 drivers since only 33 drivers competed in the Busch Grand National Series race at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, June 12, 1999.
So far this season, 22 races have been contested, and only 16 have reached maximum capacity with 38 drivers.
Next season, 31 of the 36 starting positions in each race will be determined based on qualifying times while four will be provisional starting positions based on the rule book. The additional one provisional starting position will be reserved for past series champions.
Here is what NASCAR senior director of racing operations Meghan Miley had to say about this change,Â according to NASCAR.
âThis year, we looked at what we did going into the 2019 season, seeing how it worked and then decided that we could probably go a little further, the goal being that we take the prize money for those positions and put it back into the teams. All of it goes back into the teams, and youâre really taking care of the teams that are reinvesting in the sport and racing full time.
âItâs wanting to have the most competitive teams racing in those series to make them the best series they can be, and I think this is a good opportunity to strengthen the field and support those teams that are reinvesting back in the sport.â
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There are still 11 races that remain on the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule, the first of which is this Saturday afternoonâs CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America. The 2020 season opener is theÂ NASCAR Racing Experience 300, and it is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 15 at Daytona International Speedway.