NASCAR Finally Limits Top-Level Sprint Cup Drivers Racing In Lower Series

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch winning an Xfinity Series race (again). Photo credit: Jason Hanna/Getty Images

NASCAR’s lower-tier Xfinity and Camping World races are theoretically designed to feature up-and-coming talent, but are frustratingly often won by top-level Sprint Cup champs like Kyle Busch. Doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, but NASCAR is finally fixing it.

NASCAR laid down some limits on lower-series participation by its most experienced drivers today, per a statement on the series’ website. Sprint Cup drivers with over five years of full-time experience can only race in 10 Xfinity Series events and seven Camping World Truck Series events a year.


They’re also prohibited from participating in those two lower series’ final eight events of the year (which includes the regular season finale plus seven championship-determining Chase races in both series), plus all four events of Xfinity’s Dash 4 Cash.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to drivers with fewer than five years experience, so talented dudes like Kyle Larson may become the new name winning week-in and week-out. Still, it’s a start!

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