By admin | January 17, 2011
By Richard Allen
On Monday afternoon rumors began to fly as information leaked out in regard to a possible new points system for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. According to the APâ€™s Jenna Fryer, the sanctioning body is considering what would amount to a scraping of the old system used for determining a champion.
According to Fryerâ€™s report, NASCAR is considering awarding each race winner 43 points with each position being given one less point in descending order until the 43rd place driver receives one point. If that is the case, it is a step in the wrong direction.
But before jumping to conclusions keep in mind that this is all speculative and based on the storyâ€™s sources who may not have been told every detail or have been used to put something out for the purpose of gauging the opinions of fans, teams, sponsors and the media.
That said, I have long been a proponent of changing NASCARâ€™s current points system. As it is right now, the system does not reward winners enough and does not punish mediocrity enough. Consistency is said to be the goal, and apparently, consistently finish in the middle of the pack is to be regarded as a good thing.
A close friend and co-worker of mine who is a casual follower of racing has often said the NASCAR points system reminds him of socialism in that finishing 2nd or 5th or even 10th is rewarded too closely to the race winner.
If this rumored system is in fact adopted, that so called socialistic system will be made worse rather than better. Under the current system, the incremental drop of from 1st to 2nd at 185 points to the winner and 170 points for the runner-up(before lap leader bonuses) is greater than 43 for 1st and 42 for 2nd.
In other words, â€œGood points days,â€ will become even more prevalent if this system is put in place, unless bonuses are offered for leading and winning. No such bonuses have yet been reported. Hopefully, there is more than has so far been leaked.
Throughout the off-season there have been a number of rumors regarding possible changes to the Chase for the Championship playoff format. One piece of speculation that accompanied the report of the 43 to 1 points system on the various social media networks was that winning might become a requirement for making the Chase, among other rumors. However, Fryerâ€™s story indicated that NASCAR was shying away from any major Chase changes.
As was said earlier, I am all for changing the current NASCAR points system if that proposed system will entice drivers and teams to race hard for wins rather than settle for a, â€œGood points dayâ€. Otherwise, change for the sake of change is worthless and gives off the appearance of desperation.
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