The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be getting an update for 2014, as the latest change for the upcoming NASCAR season.
NASCAR revealed it’s latest changes to the 2014 season on Thursday, a brand new chase format. Starting in 2014, the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will feature 16 drivers and eliminations will be made along the way.
After every three races eliminations will be made. After the first three races the chase field will be cut from 16 drivers to 12, then to eight after race No. 6. Then, the chase field will be left with four drivers for the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Within the final four chase drivers, the highest finishing driver at Homestead wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The race at Homestead will become a winner takes all, if one of the four remaining drivers wins the race.
In order to qualify into the chase, the top 15 drivers with the most wins in the first 26 races will race in the chase. The driver with the most points without a win will take the 16th and final spot. If not all drivers have won throughout the season, the drivers with the most points qualify into the chase.
The recent changes to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup don’t come as a surprise as talk about the changes have been swirling since preseason thunder at Daytona. Following the drama surrounding the chase during the 2013 season, with all the flipping and swapping of who qualified into the chase and the addition of the 13th seed were what caused the changes for 2014.
With the new chase format, along with the new qualifying changes, it will provide something for fans to look forward to in 2014. Now that winning will have an emphasis on the season and in the chase, it should provide for some excitement in the upcoming season.