DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR officials confirmed on Wednesday that the Triple Truck Challenge for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will return next season, with a new look to its lineup of races.
Debuting this year as a trio of standalone races for the series, the 2020 Triple Truck Challenge will consist of three new tracks, all companion events to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The Triple Truck Challenge opener will be at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on April 18, the first time the Gander Trucks will compete at the facility since 2005.
Subsequent Triple Truck Challenge events will be held at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway on May 1 and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 15.
One additional change that was made to the Triple Truck Challenge was the removal of the entry deadline requirement for both drivers and teams.
That caveat kept NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle from being able to pursue any further bonus money this season after winning the Triple Truck Challenge kickoff at Texas Motor Speedway.
“I think with everything, once you get through the first year or even the second or third year, you take a look at it and see what always needs tweaked or maybe updated,” Meghan Miley, NASCAR’s senior director of racing operations, told NASCAR.com. “We found with the format of the Triple Truck Challenge, it really didn’t make sense to have those entry deadline rules in there. If anything, it could potentially take away from the momentum of what the program’s all about.
“We felt that with this format and for these events, it probably made sense to remove those, and so we’re going to do that for 2020.”
While the payout and potential bonuses weren’t revealed on Wednesday, Truck Series drivers winning one of the three Triple Truck Challenge events pocketed an extra $50,000 this year – racing at Texas, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway during the month of June.