NASCAR To Limit Crew Members

NASCAR will reduce the number of crew members over the wall from six to five next season. (HHP/Ashley Dickerson Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR officials announced Wednesday what the sanctioning body is calling a standardization of at-track team rosters, which will go into effect for all three national series next season.

The hope is that the move will provide a structure for the number of crew members working on each entry during a race weekend. As part of the change, the number of crew members allowed over the wall during pit stops will be reduced from six to five.

“As much as we can possibly level the playing field and introduce new winners, that’s really the goal and what we want for the fans,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “And so if you look at these initiatives with the over-the-wall crew going to five members, that fits into our overall structure from a roster standpoint. We feel like that again puts the focus on the athletes and also continues down that line of putting the focus on the teams and opening it up to as many teams as possible to continue to win races and therefore put a better product out there for the fans.”

NASCAR has characterized at-track jobs into three categories — organizational, road crew and pit crew.

Organizational crew members include competition directors, team managers, technical directors and IT specialists. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, teams will be allotted three organizational roster spots for one- and two-car operations, and four spots for three- and four-car teams.

XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams will be allowed one organizational roster spot each.

Road crews will include crew chief, car chief, mechanics, engine tuners, engineers, specialists and spotters. Teams will be allowed 12 such crew members in the Monster Energy Series, seven in the XFINITY Series and six in the Camping World Truck Series.

The pit crew designation includes only those who go over the wall during pit stops. The limit is five for all three series.

Cup Series teams will be allowed an additional road crew person for races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the three road courses, where multiple spotters are used. An additional road crew roster spot will be allowed for XFINITY teams at 10 races and Truck Series teams at five.