Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

NASCAR schedule: Chicagoland Speedway to lose playoff race, report says


- Jimmie Johnson lives in Charlotte and feels right at home at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has traditionally hosted its lone Cup event in late July, will become the 26th race of the Cup season and the last chance for drivers to win their way into the playoffs.

The schedule changes came as a result of what some participants in the discussions called "unparalleled" cooperation and collaboration among NASCAR, SMI and International Speedway Corp.

So what then can be done to give the All-Star Race some exclusivity, separating it from every other Cup Series race? The victor of the three stages - one of which is the race victor - will advance to the main event. The race, which featured an intense finish between Davey Allison and Kyle Petty, is commonly known as One Hot Night. A signature event that was special is now anything but, instead just another race that is part of an overly long schedule that stretches from mid-February to mid-November. This particular arrangement has never been seen before, but 13 past events have featured 70 laps, including the inaugural event in 1985.

IPL Qualifier 1 2017
It is hard for the RPS to bring any new player at this end of series for finals. Like Stokes, the RPS also had the best options such as Faf Du Plessis.

The 50-lap, 75-mile Open will consist of three stages of 20/20/10 laps (laps 20/40/50).

There was a time when the All-Star Race held a distinct spot on the NASCAR calendar.

Charlotte is a multipurpose venue that, in addition to the 1.5-mile oval used by NASCAR, also features a 2.25-mile road course, a quarter-mile drag strip, and a almost half-mile dirt track. Only 10 cars will qualify for the 10-lap finale: Those who win the first three segments and those with the best average finish in the first three segments.

Teams will also be allowed to use one softer set of tires, which offers more grip on the track and a faster speed. It will also force the drivers to race as hard as they can every lap instead of riding in the back until the final segment, similar to what Joe Gibbs Racing did in the Talladega Superspeedway playoff event a year ago. One new option: Cars can pit to take softer tires before the final stage, but they will have to start in the back. Additionally, the compound gives a three- to five-tenths of a second advantage per lap, out of the box. This year's expedition may determine the fate of different compounds of tires in NASCAR, and will certainly provide a reason to watch for many.

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