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Some Charter details

NASCAR provided some details about how the system would work for the four slots available to teams without charters:

  • Open teams also will receive a guaranteed amount (referred to as a “fixed purse) as the charter teams do, but it will be much smaller, roughly 30% of the guarantee for a chartered team.
  • If fewer than four open teams compete in a race (meaning a field of fewer than 40 cars), the leftover money will be placed in a year-end pool that will be distributed among the top three open teams based on performance. Wood Brothers Racing, which plans to field Ryan Blaney full time in the #21 Ford, is the only open team that has announced intentions to run the full season. NASCAR said: “A field for us is 36 (cars), not 40, so if we get 38 cars at California and Phoenix, we’re not disappointed. We anticipate the logistics model for some of the smaller teams doesn’t make sense to go to all the races, based on the distance and purse.”
  • NASCAR isn’t expecting many open teams to employ a start and park strategy (which usually was dependent on the higher purses available to teams that would have been considered open under the previous system). Chartered teams are disincentivized from the controversial practice, risking the loss of a charter if they don’t meet performance standards that haven’t been made public.

Though the winnings won’t be disseminated to the public anymore, teams have been provided extensive documentation that explains how much they’ll receive for finishing in each position of every race.

supposedly that some “open teams” are expecting to earn a minimum of roughly $160,000 for finishing last in the Daytona 500. in 2015, under the race purse that included contingency plans, the last-place finisher earned $262,000.(NBC Sports)