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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Race Starts Playoff

1/27/2016, 5:36 p.m.
Following the overwhelming success of elimination format of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs introduced in 2014, NASCAR ...

Following the overwhelming success of elimination format of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs introduced in 2014, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian France, announced this week that a similar system will be implemented in both NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2016 season.

Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet will present a dynamic weekend Sept. 15-18 as it kicks off the Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth consecutive season. New in 2016, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will participate in their last-chance race before the new playoff format begins.

“The anticipation, excitement and energy surrounding the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway continues to grow year after year,” said Chicagoland Speedway President, Scott Paddock. “First and foremost we will see the intensity of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers competing to punch their ticket to the second round of the Chase. Now, with the extension of the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff format, our fans will experience two more high-stakes races with playoff berths on the line.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase will also begin following the last qualifying opportunity at Chicagoland Speedway. The first round in this series will only feature eight drivers with two elimination rounds that will trim the field to six and then the Championship 4. Similar to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the four drivers advancing to the Championship in Miami will have their points reset with the highest finishing Championship 4 driving winning it all.