November 20, 2009, Newsletter Issue #154: Determining a NASCAR Champion in Busch and Truck

Tip of the Week

Both the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series use the ‘Latford’ system. Their series points are not reset and points from all their races are used to determine a champion and the end of the season.

What’s the difference between a NASCAR team and an NASCAR organization?

A team is a part of an organization and is comprised of the actual car, the crew chief, the pit crew and the hauler used to transport the team to the track. The organization provides the support services that the team uses; the chassis shop, the engine shop, the body shop, engineering and logistical services.

Smaller organizations may outsource some or all of the support services to other companies. Robert Yates Racing, which currently fields two teams the No. 88 and No 38 Fords, for example provides engines to several other teams outside their organization.

Larger organizations can perform all the needed support functions ‘in-house’. Roush Fenway Racing is such an organization. Roush-Fenway Racing is currently the largest organization in NASCAR. Roush-Fenway fields five full time Nextel Cup teams, along with five Busch series teams and three Truck teams.

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