NASCAR cuts guaranteed grid spots

NASCAR is changing the number of guaranteed starting positions based on owner points from 30 to 25 for the Camping World Truck Series races.

The old rule guaranteed spots to the top 30 teams in the owner standings that showed up to an event as long as that team had been entered in every race during the year.

The rule has no impact for the first four events of 2010 – only 25 trucks were entered in every race in 2009, meaning that only 25 teams are eligible for guaranteed spots. Starting with the fifth race of the season, the top 25 teams in the 2010 owner standings who show up for a race will have guaranteed starting spots in the field.

The new rule will ensure that there will be at least 10 open spots in each race. There will be 11 open spots if a past champion does not use a provisional to get the final spot in the 36-truck field. SceneDaily

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