NASCAR XFINITY, Truck Series to change qualifying, field size, windshield banners for 2015


NASCAR has announced several changes for the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series 2015 seasons.

Both series will see their qualifying formats brought into line with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Positions 1-33 in XFINITY and 1-27 in Trucks will be determined by their single fastest qualifying lap.

Positions 34-39 in XFINITY and 28-31, for six and four positions, respectively, will then fall to the highest ranked cars/trucks in owner points not already qualified. The last spot, the 40th and 32nd for the two series, will fall to the most recent past champion not already qualified; if all are, another “provisional” spot for someone on owner points will occur.

The top 30 (XFINITY) and 25 (Trucks) had been locked in prior to this change.

If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, each series’ field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

That qualifying breakdown reveals the next change for Trucks: a maximum field reduction from 36 down to 32, starting in 2015. Truck fields have been down in recent years and haven’t hit the 36 capacity that frequently; this change reflects that.

Meanwhile both series will also see drivers’ names plastered across the rear windshields, similar to what NASCAR Sprint Cup does, except theirs are on the front. Placing the drivers’ names on the rear windshields allows for the XFINITY and Camping World logos to continue across the front windshields.