By admin | July 28, 2011
By Richard Allen
In the past I have written pieces in which I have stated my belief that NASCARâ€™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 â€˜good points dayâ€™ 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 â€˜good points dayâ€™ 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 wonâ€™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 isnâ€™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 sportâ€™s four marquee events.
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