The Chase for the Sprint cup Championship

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Much has been talked about the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup lately. They want to tweak how it will be next year. They’re talking about doing eliminations. They are talking about having more drivers in the chase. They are talking about resetting points in the chase. And I have to ask why? Why make changes?

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was started in 2004. It was supposed to make for more exciting racing. Especially at the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. A playoff of sorts. It was to have the driver with the most points win the championship, instead of the most consistent driver winning it. See, Matt Kenseth won the Championship in 2003 with only one win for the year, while Ryan Newman had seven wins.

And they wanted to reset the points so that the champion is not crowned before the last race. NASCAR is a Sport like no other sport. It has no divisions. Just 43 drivers out on each track every (well, almost) week. A playoff happens in stick and ball sports because there are divisions and there is no other way to determine a Champion. But NASCAR is 36 races in a year, and all 43 drivers are racing each other every time.

So, I fail to understand why the need for a playoff, when no divisions are involved. Will it bring football fans to watch NASCAR? I doubt it. I don’t think football fans watch football BECAUSE there is a playoff at the end of the year. They just like watching football. Another thing that confuses me is why have a playoff at the end of the year when the Super Bowl of NASCAR is the Daytona 500, the first race of the year.

Die hard NASCAR fans who have been watching races for at least ten years hate the chase. It has always been that the points leader after 33 races (now 36) wins the Championship. You collect points for each race. Depending on where you finish. And you get five points for leading a lap. And five more for leading the most laps. And the system has worked all these years.

If the object is to have the driver with the most wins be the Champion, well, give more points for winning a race. Surely the driver with the most wins will become the champion, right? All this tweaking and changing, for what? To manufacture excitement? NASCAR is already exciting. And fans were watching before the chase started. Not so anymore. Maybe Brian France and his buddies should take a look at what the fans want and not what the media thinks will liven tings up. Just my opinion. But I’m a NASCAR fan. I love NASCAR. Or, at least I used to.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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  3. Mikel Says:

    I agree with you NASCAR needs to change something in the Nationwide Series.
    But I gess that´s not easy. If Sprint Cup drivers are not allowed to race in Nationwide and Truck Series, then the fans could loose all interest.
    I don´t think NASCAR know how to do it.

    Great post Sheila

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