NASCAR Xfinity Series
Unlike the NASCAR Cup Series, there aren’t any Charters which lock teams in each and every week. In the NXS it’s all about the Owner Standings, if you’re too slow in qualifying. The top-four in owner points (top five if there isn’t a past champion to utilize the past champion provisional), that don’t lock into the top-31 in qualifying are locked into the starting grid.
This is why it was important for a team like Jimmy Means Racing to trade up to the No. 98 Owner Points.
These moves also essentially confirm that Stewart-Haas Racing and Richard Childress Racing will run only one team each (No. 98 and No. 21) in 2020, and neither will be the team that made it into the Championship 4 this past season.
It also means that JD Motorsports will now run a No. 6 car and that they have transferred their points around so their No. 15 car will be the highest ranked in Owner Points.
Several other teams (such as RSS Racing) have shuffled Owner standings around in an apparent effort to secure a place in the starting field with their second team car, while their primary car, and seemingly stronger car, will possibly have to qualify on speed each weekend.
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
Again, this is an indication that Young’s Motorsports will not run the No. 12 truck in 2020. It also appears, based on the Owner Point shuffling, that DGR Crosley will not run the No. 54 or No. 17 this season.
Some interesting moves have been made on the back end for the NXS and NGROTS teams for the 2020 season. It’ll be interesting to watch it all unfold as the entry list is beginning to take more and more shape with Daytona in the near future.