Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Michael J Smith1
NASCAR Considering Changes To Points System
The Associated Press is reporting that NASCAR is considering scrapping the current points system in favor of a simpler method that awards points per finishing position. The proposed system would award 43 points to the race winner, and would award one point less for each ensuing position down to one point for the 43rd-place finisher.
While this system would, no doubt, make things easier for casual fans to understand, changing to this format would eliminate the extra 15 points currently awarded to the winner over the second-place finisher. Some argue that this would remove the incentive to win, thus leading to boring racing.
NASCAR is also considering tweaking the Chase field for the 2011 season. Twelve spots would still be open, under the new possible format rumored to be being considered, but 10 of the 12 would go to the top 10 in points after the 26th race of the season. The other two spots would go to the drivers with the most wins who are not in the top 10 in points. No word on how ties would be decided.
Ramsey Poston, corporate communications manager of NASCAR, said:
NASCAR executives, including chairman and CEO Brian France, are in the process of meeting with drivers and team owners. In those meetings we have discussed a number of ideas for potential changes for the coming season, none of which have been finalized at this point.
Update: NASCAR president Mike Helton confirmed that NASCAR is leaning towards a simpler points format. He said that bonus points would be added to put more emphasis on winning.