The in-season tournament for NASCAR will be $1 million

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NASCAR’s new television deal it announced in November that included two new partners with five races apiece provided an opportunity for NASCAR to follow other sports with an in-season tournament.
NASCAR announced Monday that it would go through with that concept, with drivers competing as normal but also as part of a 32-driver bracket during the 18th-22nd points races of the regular season, which will be telecast on TNT.
The winner will earn $1 million.
“The idea of an in-season tournament has been discussed within the NASCAR industry and as we started to focus on adding promotional elements that drive interest throughout the season, we were excited by the opportunity [here],” said NASCAR Senior Vice President Brian Herbst.
The 32 drivers will be determined by races 15-17 of the regular season.
Seeding will be established by best finish in each race over the three races with the tiebreakers determined by the next-best finish, followed by season points position.
NASCAR hasn’t announced its 2025 schedule but Atlanta is a likely track to open the tournament.
NASCAR’s new television deal that goes into effect in 2025 has the first 12 races plus the preseason Clash and the all-star race telecast by FOX Sports, the next five on Amazon Prime, the next five on TNT and the final 14 by NBC Sports.

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With two new partners and five races each, NASCAR’s new television deal, which it announced in November, gave it the chance to follow other sports and hold an in-season tournament.

The 18th–22nd points races of the regular season, which will be broadcast on TNT, will feature drivers competing as usual in addition to a 32-driver bracket. NASCAR announced on Monday that it will proceed with that idea.

A million dollars will be awarded to the winner.

NASCAR Senior Vice President Brian Herbst stated, “We were excited by the opportunity [here] as we started to focus on adding promotional elements that drive interest throughout the season. The idea of an in-season tournament has been discussed within the NASCAR industry.”.

Races 15–17 of the regular season will determine which 32 drivers advance. Over the course of the three races, the best finish in each race will determine seeding, and the next-best finish and season point position will determine the tiebreakers.

The 2025 NASCAR schedule has not yet been revealed, but Atlanta is probably going to host the opening round.

The first 12 races, along with the preseason Clash and the all-star race, will be televised by FOX Sports under the terms of the new television deal that will take effect in 2025. The following five races will be televised by Amazon Prime, TNT, and NBC Sports.

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