Drivers in NASCAR’s three national series will have to elect a single championship to chase in 2011, eliminating the ability of drivers such as Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Paul Menard — who were full-time double-dippers in 2010 — to chase two championships at once.
NASCAR has scheduled a “competition update” on Jan. 21 with NASCAR president Mike Helton and vice president for competition Robin Pemberton as part of the “Preseason Thunder” Sprint Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp declined to comment on the change in 2011 license applications Monday except to say, “I’m sure we can answer all your questions at our competition update.”
Wallace, who has 843 national series starts between the Cup (344), Nationwide (488) and Truck series (11), stopped on his way to the U.S. Post Office on Monday to tear open his license application and read the news.
“The brand-new license forms that are out, there’s a box and in it, it states that you have to mark — put an X — what championship you’re running for,” Wallace said, quoting his application. “A driver will only be permitted to earn driver championship points in one (1) of the following three series: NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Please select the series in which you would like to accumulate driver championship points. Choose one.”