NASCAR is expected to bump the fall Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway back one week beginning in 2017, according to a report from NBC Sports.
That will make the Hollywood Casino 400 the cutoff race for the Round of 12, when the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup is trimmed from 12 drivers to eight.
Currently, the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway is the cutoff in the three-race round, but the 2.66-mile tri-oval in Alabama is already prone to demolition-derby style battles as a restrictor-plate track.
There were eight wrecks, including pileups of 12 and 21 cars, during Sunday’s running of the Geico 500 at Talladega.
Kevin Harvick was accused of intentionally causing a wreck on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish during last fall’s Chase race at Talladega to ensure himself a spot in the Eliminator Round.
Swapping Kansas with Talladega on the schedule might cut down on such shenanigans.
NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Jim Cassidy will address the media Thursday during a press conference at Kansas Speedway to announce the 2017 schedule.
No other major changes are expected when the schedules for the Sprint Cup as well as the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series are released.