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2017 Anthem Annual February

to each of the top-10 finishers, while one additional bonus point will be awarded to the stage winner. The race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to his or her reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs. Championship points following the first two stages of each race will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second earning nine points, and so on. The race winner following the final stage will receive 40 points, second-place will earn 35, thirdplace 34, and so on. In addition, the top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive Ty Dillon gets his shot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season — he’ll be competing for Germain Racing. Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, and so on. “Simply put, this will make our great racing even better,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “I’m proud of the unprecedented collaboration from our industry stakeholders, each of whom had a common goal – strengthening the sport for our fans. This is an enhancement fully rooted in teamwork, and the result will be an even better product every single week.” The structure of the new format, which increases the competition between drivers by putting an emphasis on aggressive driving and calculated strategies, is being praised by drivers in all three NASCAR national series. “I love the fact that the bonus points, or the playoff points, will carry through the playoffs all the way to the last round,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “So everything you do throughout the season is really going to help you throughout the playoffs. That’s a great change.” New (And Old) Faces In New Places Clint Bowyer moving to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 and replacing three-time series champion Tony Stewart in the newly named Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tops the list of “Silly Season” shakeups. Bowyer, who spent last season at HScott Motorsports but signed with SHR in the fall of 2015, will be in the No. 14 SHR Ford — the organization switched from Chevrolets to Fords after fielding Chevrolets since its 2009 inception. Ty Dillon, grandson of legendary team owner Richard Childress, is joining NASCAR’s top series with Germain Racing — a Richard Childress Racing affiliate — after spending the past three seasons as a full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series driver with RCR. Dillon replaces Casey Mears in the No. 13 Germain Chevrolet. Roush Fenway Racing has downsized from three teams to two with the abrupt departure of veteran Greg Biffle, while JTG Daugherty Racing has added a second team with the arrival of Chris Buescher, who will compete as a teammate alongside returnee AJ NASCAR Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Brian France announced big changes to the racing format for all three NASCAR national series in 2017 at Charlotte Convention Center in January. Chris Graythen/NASCAR Media via Getty Images 166 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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