2018-01-05 Next month when the 2018 NASCAR season officially starts at Daytona International Speedway, somethings will be different. For the first time in years the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule will look different. The regular season end event that determines the 16-driver line-up for the playoffs previous was held at the Brickyard 400 but now the event will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in early September.
Indy’s move from summer to fall shift’s Chicagoland Speedway to July, a tradition that dates back to 2001 when it first hosted the Cup Series.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway fall event has been moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in short New Hampshire looses their fall event and Las Vegas adds a fall event that will serve as the playoff opener.
Charlotte Motor Speedway adds a road course to the championship with the debut of its brand new road racing circuit that utilizes both the existed oval track with a new course built inside the facility.
Teams will be comprised of three categories: Organizational, Road Crew and Pit Crew. For each category, the team will decide how to distribute the positions for their respective rosters.
Pit crew members is down From 6 to 5, teams will now only be allowed five crew members over the wall at a time. Overall team members is limited to 20 if its a 1-2 operation or 21 depending if its a 3-4 car operation. The Cup series breakdown will be three or four organizational members, 12 road crew members and five pit crew members.