New rules for Truck Series
NASCAR announced several rule adjustments to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that will not only assist with cost control, but will continue to promote the same top-flight competition for which the series is known.
Here are the amendments to the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Series rule book:
• Double-file restarts “shootout style” will be implemented to further enhance the close competition and offer additional excitement for the fans. The format will be the same as in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
• The addition of fuel and changing of tire(s) will be permitted on the same pit stop.
• During any pit stop, under yellow- or green-flag conditions, six pit crew members will be permitted in the truck servicing area. This is an increase from five pit crew members in 2009.
• A new self-venting fuel-can will be introduced as an option for teams to use in addition to the conventional fuel can.
• The tire lease program will remain the same with these new options available to teams.
Tires will continue to be transferred between events with the same D-codes as recommended by Goodyear.
The transfer of tires between the different national series at combo events with the same D-codes will be permitted.
At track, Goodyear will provide surplus tires. Goodyear will notify teams weeks in advance of availability.
• A team will run no more than two consecutive races without using an engine previously sealed by NASCAR officials. This excludes events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The current rule allows teams to run no more than three consecutive races without using a sealed engine.
• A SPEC engine will be introduced as an option for teams at tracks less than 1.25-miles in length. This will help to reduce costs for current teams and encourage participation from the regional series.
• NASCAR has also made a schedule change for the 2010 schedule. Easter weekend becomes a double-header in Nashville. The scheduled Memphis NCWTS race will be run at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday, April 2, preceding the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday night. Meanwhile, Gateway International Raceway will have a second NASCAR Nationwide Series race which will be held October 23.
“These rule adjustments are the results of ongoing conversations NASCAR has had with team owners, drivers and crew chiefs,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. “They will not only continue to assist teams with their costs, but they will help intensify the tough competition of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.”
“I am excited about the continued progression of NASCAR’s efforts to contain the costs in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Kevin Harvick, co-owner, Kevin Harvick, Inc. “The truck counts have been great this year and I hope with all these changes they will continue to grow and I believe the competition will be as tough as it’s ever been.”
”We have seen several new team owners participate in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season and that has been a real positive sign,” said Series Director Wayne Auton. “Not only will these new revisions that we are introducing benefit our current teams but they should help encourage new teams and continue to grow the ownership base.”