CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Drivers wishing to compete in NASCAR's three national series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks -- can only collect points toward a driver's championship in one of them beginning with the 2011 season.
In the 2010 season, both Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards competed full time for both the Cup and Nationwide titles. The rule change does not preclude Cup drivers from competing in Nationwide or Truck races, only in collecting point towards championships in those series.
The new rules are spelled out in credential application forms drivers must complete to compete in NASCAR, which many have been filling out this week. The Charlotte Observer was provided a copy of an application on Tuesday.
Keselowski, the reigning Nationwide series champion, was the first driver to indicate he had to make the choice, which he noted Saturday on Twitter.
NASCAR officials at the time declined to confirm the information and instead privately admonished Keselowski and his team for making the information public, several sources confirmed to the Observer.
On the form, drivers must mark a box to indicate which championship they plan to compete for. Given the distinction made with driver's points, it appears drivers will be allowed to compete for owner's titles in multiple series. Kyle Busch played a role in winning the owner's championships in both Nationwide and Trucks in 2010.
NASCAR officials are scheduled to address competition topics during a news conference Jan. 21 at Daytona International Speedway, during Cup testing. NASCAR has thus far declined to comment on the changes spelled out in the application.
DUBAI RACE: Michael Waltrip Racing owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman are teaming up to race in the sixth annual Dubai 24 Hour sports car race at the ultramodern Dubai Autodrome on Friday.
Waltrip, the two-time Daytona 500 champion, and Kauffman will drive one of 90 entrants in the race that features nearly every sports car manufacturer.
CREW CHIEF NAMED: NASCAR veteran Chris Carrier will serve as crew chief for Kevin Harvick Inc.'s third Truck Series team in 2011 which will be driven by Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet.
NEW EXHIBIT: The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History launches its annual racing exhibit Jan. 22 with an appearance by legendary stock car driver Junior Johnson. The exhibit, "White Liquor and Dirt Tracks: Legacy of Teamwork," runs through July and commemorates the region's strong ties to the racing industry.