Previously the Nationwide Series had run fields of 43 cars but next season that number will be moved down to 40. The goal is to strengthen the field and create a sense of urgency among teams to make the race.
Frankly I am perplexed on this issue. The Nationwide Series attempting to start 43 cars has been a bad joke for years. Well before the first round of pit-stops ten or more cars pull off the pace each week. The other problem the series has seen is the inability to even reach 43 entrants at times.
When NASCAR realizes it is unable to reach a full field they have asked some of the “start-and-park” teams to run a second car for the sake of having a full field.
I suppose my concern is about a team who genuinely wants to run a full race but operates as a part time team. With three less spots their chances to make the race will be more difficult. However, considered the aforementioned I have to consider this a good move overall.
NASCAR also announced that they will allow Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams two tests per organization at tracks where the series competes at.