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Truck Series Chase 101: What you need to know

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In 2016, an elimination-style playoff format was introduced into the Camping World Truck Series. We are here to help with a quick rundown on how the system works. 

 

THE SEEDING

A win in the first 16 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 20 in points (note: previously, this was top 30) and has attempted to qualify for each race.


Each of the eight drivers who qualifies for the playoffs starts with 2,000 points, plus bonus playoff points earned during the regular season. After the bonus points for wins are added, drivers are ranked in order of the reset points.

 

THE ROUNDS

 

Round of 8: The eight drivers will take the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway for the six spots available in the next round. A win at any of the three tracks equals advancement into the next round. The remaining available positions (1-6) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points. 

 

Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker, only the three races in the Round of 8 matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won't, so the drivers will need to run up front to challenge for the win. If they can't win, they'll need to have more second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. than their competitors in order to break the tie and advance. If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish first.

 

Round of 6: The six remaining drivers will have their points reset to 3,000, then have their bonus points added to the total, and take the track at Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. Again, a win at any of the three tracks automatically advances the driver to the next round (Round of 4). The remaining available positions (1-4) will be filled on points. 

 

Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker, only the three races in the Round of 6 matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won't, so the drivers will need to run up front to challenge for the win. If they can't win, they'll need to have more second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. than their competitors in order to break the tie and advance. If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish first.

 

Round of 4: The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will win be crowned the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion. 

 

THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP


The final race is all about order of finish. No bonus points for laps led, etc. The four finalists will start the race tied, and the highest finisher among them at Homestead-Miami Speedway will win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship.

 

THE POINTS
Drivers who don't advance to the next round will have their point totals reset to the Chase-start base of 2,000 (with any regular-season wins bonus points), plus the additional points they've earned during the Chase. The idea, which was actually a driver-led suggestion, is that those eliminated from the postseason still have something to race for -- fifth place. A driver eliminated in the opening Round of 8, for example, can still finish ranked higher than someone who just misses the Championship Round cut.

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