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What if points were awarded only to the winner of NASCAR’s crown jewel races?

By admin | July 28, 2011

By Richard Allen


In the past I have written pieces in which I have stated my belief that NASCAR’s four biggest races should not give points, but rather, they should be run strictly for the sake of winning. The trophy and the money should be the only concern in crown jewel races. Drivers would theoretically be less inclined to settle for a so called ‘good points day’ and more inclined to race harder for victory in these races in which winning ought to be the only thing that matters.

Recently, however, I have amended my way of thinking. To further entice drivers to charge for the front in the Daytona 500, Southern 500, Coca-Cola 600 and Brickyard 400 I believe points should be awarded to the winner only. My proposal would be to offer each winner of these events ten points while everyone else receives none.

Think of the scrambling that would take place after that seemingly inevitable late race caution and green/white/checkered restart. The only driver who had a ‘good points day’ would be the guy in victory lane. So, not only would that driver be able to claim one of the most coveted trophies in the sport, but would also gain ground in the standings over everyone else.

This race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, more than any of the other crown jewel races, seems to fall victim to points racing being that the Chase for the Championship cutoff is looming closer than for any of the other three big events.

And to anyone who would argue that points racing won’t happen here I offer the example the night race at Bristol. Before the Chase, every driver used to claim that it was one race they felt as though they had to win to complete their careers. Now, watch that race in August and tell me there isn’t plenty of points racing going on.

In my opinion, points racing in general and the Chase in particular are sucking the life blood out of NASCAR. Taking points out of the equation for everyone except the winner could boost the competition level in the sport’s four marquee events.

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One Response to “What if points were awarded only to the winner of NASCAR’s crown jewel races?”

  1. Charles Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 8:00 pm


    I agree with you that points system is really hurting Nascar! I dont like Chase System at all!

    But tell me how just paying points “to the winner”will help make the exchanging for the lead better, or create more passing in “mid sections” of the usually boring part of the race?

    Example = If a driver had a faster car he will probably still ride around and wait till the end to make his move to win, thus creates nothing for the fans, all action will at “the end” again!

    Racing is really predictable boring in mid portians of a race, my theory is ‘pay bonus points” for leading laps and direct it toward the mid laps of a event! But make it enough points, not just one point at halfway, pay say in a 500 miler the bonus for who leads the most in the 200 to 400 lap sections a big bonus!

    You have got to go a another step and thats paying bonus points for leading laps! They problem now is that are waiting to the end and dont need another bonus for that! Exchanging the lead is what it important!