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2017 Anthem Annual February

Joey Logano is one of several Monster Energy NASCAR Cup drivers who has frequently competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in recent years. Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images their intended goal by making the cars more difficult to drive, especially in the corners. “We are all wanting slower center of corner speeds,” Johnson said. “We all feel that will put on a better race. The slower the center of corner speed is, the more off-throttle time we create, the more opportunities there are to pass, the more opportunities there are to make mistakes, the more opportunities you have to work on the handling of your race car. “Directionally, that is the way the sport is going. I think the smaller spoiler is going to help us. We saw a nice improvement across all matrixes with the 2016 package, and 2017 is another step of that.” A Reduced Cup Presence In XFINITY, Trucks The days of premier series veterans stealing the show in NASCAR’s lower series are going to be far less prevalent in 2017. Newly implemented guidelines limit the number of events a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver can enter in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Cup drivers with more than five years of full-time experience are now eligible to compete in a maximum of 10 races in the XFINITY Series and seven races in the Truck Series. Additionally, drivers with more than five years of full-time premier series experience are ineligible to compete in the final eight races in each series, as well as the Dash 4 Cash races in the XFINITY Series. The final eight races are comprised of the regular season finale and the entirety of the Chase in each series. Drivers earning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points in 2017 also are not eligible to compete in this year’s XFINITY Series and Truck Series winner-take-all finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway, respectively. Joey Logano, a premier series veteran who has made no fewer than 10 XFINITY Series starts per year since joining the premier series full-time in 2009, makes no bones about the significance of the new rule limiting participation in XFINITY and Trucks. “It affects the sport a lot,” Logano said. “As a race car driver, I want to race all the time, so if I put my race car driver hat on I think, ‘Man, this kind of stinks,’ because I want to drive. But I think when you kind of take that hat off and look at it from more of a global view, I understand it. I get why we’re doing that. I think it’s important to have Cup racers out there because I think growing up as a young race car driver I learned that you only get better when you’re racing against people that are better than you, and I think this has the ability to give young drivers that, and young crew chiefs coming up through the XFINITY Series. I think it gives them the ability to work with Cup drivers and things like that, so I think that’s good that they have that mix in there, but at the same time you also want to have the opportunity for young drivers to get into the seat and drive it at some point.” 170 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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