When NASCAR announced a Chase format for the Xfinity Series, it had gained a lot of praise from analysts and fans. You have to admit that it was a concept that was long overdue since Sprint Cup started their version in 2004. I had stressed last season that Xfinity was due for their own version with the average of 15 full time drivers competing there.
Although full time Sprint Cup drivers are still allowed to race in the Xfinity Series, they won’t be eligible to race at Homestead. The basic “win and you’re in” scenario is in effect, but the first five races won by Sprint Cup drivers appear to disrupt that system, as they have won all five to start off.
No Xfinity driver has won a race to be eligible for the Chase as of yet, and it is reported to outrage a lot of fans. Regardless of how many wins a driver will earn, only 12 will start off the new Chase in September. Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon have won the first five, Kyle three of those, and some have felt that it is time for Sprint Cup drivers to be barred from competing in Xfinity.
This isn’t a rule of informing Sprint Cup drivers not to race, although there are very few Xfinity drivers who race in Sprint Cup and rarely win there. No one was aware that this disruption would cause an uproar within the NASCAR Nation, but a lot have felt that the full time drivers are being robbed of their opportunity to lock into the Chase.
Not sure how NASCAR can decide on what to do the rest of the season, but the truth is painfully clear. Because of the new Xfinity format, it should be time to disallow Sprint Cup drivers to race since they are not eligible to win the Championship to begin with. Yes we all want to race, but those traditions of racing anytime and anywhere in NASCAR unless fully competing is over.
A new era must be forced to begin before it gets any worse.
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