NASCAR and its Race Team Alliance, comprised of its team owners, are close to renewing its Charter agreement.
Here’s some fast facts about the Charter system:
- NASCAR downsized the available qualifying slots from 43 to 40 car in 2016, per NASCAR Staff Report.
- Per NASCAR, 36 teams are given a Charter and can sell it or lease it once in five years, of the nine of the agreement.
- Four teams without Charters, referred to as “Open Teams” will complete the field on any given race weekend.
- A team can lose its Charter rights if it consistently finishes from 38th to 40th in the Owners Points for three consecutive years.
At first, I was not a proponent of thr system, but now, I understand why it was implemented. I still do not fully support it and probably never will. Nonetheless, I would like to see NASCAR keep the system, but raise the field size back to 43. Qualifying would mean much more that way.
In terms of the “Hard Cap”, I did not know the 4-car teams can no longer field a fifth car for an Xfinity Driver to run a limited schedule, according to the article.
NASCAR charter system fast facts and setup, https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/01/10/nascar-charter-system-fast-facts-ownership-setup/, 16 February 2016. Accessed 13 February 2020.