By admin | August 18, 2010
By Richard Allen
So much for bonus points creating more winners. At this point in the season there have been only six of the top-12 in the points standings to have won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
After the Chase for the Championship cutoff, each driver to have qualified for the playoff will receive ten bonus points for each win he has accumulated up to that point. If the Chase were to begin right now, only half the Chasers would receive bonus points.
Perhaps more than ever, this season would seem to indicate that race winners should receive more points. NASCAR’s points system is almost socialistic in that it rewards everyone so evenly. The system was devised almost 40 years ago in a time when attrition was high and not every team ventured to every race. It was meant to reward consistency and showing up.
In modern times, attrition is far less of a factor than it was in the 1970s and virtually every team attempts to make every race. Since the two main factors for designing the system as it is are no longer factors, isn’t it time to reconsider the system?
Currently, there are four drivers outside the top-12 who have won at least one race in 2010. Most notably, Jamie McMurray has won two of the biggest races of 2010 and does not look to have a shot at the title.
Should drivers who take the chances necessary to win be racing for a championship rather than those who consistently finish in decent spots, but don’t win?
NASCAR has said they are considering tweaks to the Chase for the Championship format. My suggested tweak would be to throw it out all together. However, that is not going to happen. So, I hope the tweak they make would be to assure that race winners get more points, and thus, have an advantage over those who do not win.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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