NASCAR announced several rule changes for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The changes are to help teams control costs while allowing the series to maintain the level of competition fans have come to enjoy.
"We have seen several new team owners participate in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season and that has been a real positive sign,” said Series Director Wayne Auton. “Not only will these new revisions that we are introducing benefit our current teams but they should help encourage new teams and continue to grow the ownership base.”
Probably the single most important change is a return to how pit stops are completed. In 2010, teams can once again add fuel and tires on the same stop. This was the single most contentious element of the 2009 CWTS season. An additional crew member will be allowed over the wall as well, making the total six.
Double-file restarts will finally come to the CWTS. The format will be the same as what was introduced this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
“These rule adjustments are the results of ongoing conversations NASCAR has had with team owners, drivers and crew chiefs,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. “They will not only continue to assist teams with their costs, but they will help intensify the tough competition of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.”
Other technical and mechanical rules changes include: a new self-venting fuel-can will be introduced as an option for teams to use and the tire lease program will remain the same with some new notation regarding surpluses and the transfer of tires between events.
The sealed engine rule, which current mandates that teams run no more than three consecutive races with using a sealed engine will drop to two consecutive races. Exemptions to this rule include events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
Also, a SPEC engine will be introduced as an option for teams at tracks less than 1.25-miles in length to help reduce costs for current teams and encourage participation from the regional series.
There are a couple of schedule related announcements. Easter weekend will be double-header in Nashville, instead of the Nationwide stand alone. The scheduled Memphis CWTS race will be run at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday, April 2, with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday night.
“I am excited about the continued progression of NASCAR’s efforts to contain the costs in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Kevin Harvick, co-owner, Kevin Harvick, Inc. “The truck counts have been great this year and I hope with all these changes they will continue to grow and I believe the competition will be as tough as it’s ever been.”