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Should the Chase have more race winners?

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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5 Responses to “Should the Chase have more race winners?”

  1. Jose Rodriguez Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    What I would change, after the 26 races a driver that has won a race, would eliminate the lowest seeded driver in the top 12 without a win. You have winners in the Chase, and eliminate points racing just to qualify for the top 12.

  2. Danna Herndon Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    IF, and I started with the word IF, they are going to continue the chase, then only race winners should be in the chase. We should be looking for excellence not just in sports, but in the world at large. What other sport honors second place or in other words first loser. Secondly, too many shows have nascar related information. Going to the races and arguing over a pit mishap or scoring error was part of the fun. Replays and verification of plays are killing all sports. The unfairness of the situation brought on discussion in the stands, in the parking lots, and at work on Monday. Currently nothing to argue about because it was shown in replay at the track! Date switching and times on TV remained the same from season to season. You knew what time to be home from church on Sunday or you knew which Saturday nights were off limits. You had the schedule memorized because it was the same every year. The track’s surfaces remained the same except for yearly aging and the drivers had to race/know the track. (A concrete Bristol is not fun. but out of habit I am going this weekend.) The car numbers and the sponsor colors remained the same every week (Harry Gant, Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty). No top 35 list-everybody had to get in on time. Sorry if your driver did not do well, we got to see new talent. We did not always have to wait on Jack’s, Rick’s, Richard’s new talent pick of the month. Limitation of access to the drivers. Yes, they are available, but their freedom of speech is not. We want real people’s opinion, not NASCAR’s edited opinion. As you can see, none of these things are Dale, Jr. related. I became a race fan on July 4, 1967. Began attending NASCAR races at Daytona, 1982. My children began attending in 1985 and today, they are 30-34 years old. They do not attend NASCAR events anymore, but neither do they attend NBA, NFL, NHL, or MLB. I am for fixing NASCAR! I attend/have attended a minimum of 14 NASCAR events a year during the past years. True Fan

  3. Lisa Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I truly believe if they didn’t give out 5 points for leading a lap, and either no points from 25th place on back, or the same number of points for positions 43 - 26, you’d have better racing for the wins, and more race winners in the chase.

    If the finishers from 25th on back are all given the same point, or no points at all, you won’t have guys with ruined cars coming back on the track for 1 or 2 positions, and causing debris cautions, because the points wouldn’t make a difference that far back in the field. Getting rid of the 5 points for leading a lap would also make a difference, because you wouldn’t have drivers staying out during cautions just to get 5 points, or teammates letting each other pass for the lead for those points, but you’d have the leader fighting to keep his top spot just to get the 5 points for leading the most laps.

    I think these tweaks to the points system would make for more competitive weekly racing and more race winners making it into the chase.

  4. Ken Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    If we have to have the chase, make the chase drivers be the top 12 drivers in the points THAT HAVE WON A RACE. If there are less than 12, so what?

  5. CHASEing fans away Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    As long as the CHA$E is around fans and sponsors will continue to be chased away. The proof is right in front of us. Look at the decline since 2004. Give it up NA$CAR.