NASCAR puts limits on Cup drivers in other series

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NASCAR announced Wednesday rules that will limit how many Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races full-time Sprint Cup drivers can race in 2017.

NASCAR stated that Sprint Cup drivers with more than five years of full-time experience can compete in a maximum 10 Xfinity and seven Camping World Truck Series races beginning next year.

NASCAR also stated that Sprint Cup drivers with more than five years of full-time experience will be prohibited from competing in the final eight races in both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series – when the regular-season finale and Chase are held for each of those series.

Sprint Cup drivers with more than five years of full-time experience also will not be allowed to participate in any Xfinity Dash for Cash races.

Also, drivers earning points in the Sprint Cup Series in 2017 also are not eligible to compete in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

β€œThe updated guidelines will elevate the stature of our future stars, while also providing them the opportunity to compete against the best in professional motorsports,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, in a statement. β€œThese updated guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort involving the entire industry, and will ultimately better showcase the emerging stars of NASCAR.”

Drivers with more than five years of full-time experience in Cup can still run for the Xfinity or Camping World Truck Series championship provided they have declared they are racing for points in either of those series. Drivers are allowed to declare they are racing for points in one series only.