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 Post subject: The new NASCAR 'Chase' format
PostPosted: January 31st, 2014, 10:46 am 
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There were only two possible Cup winners at Homestead last year. This year there'll be four.

Looks good to me. What do you think of it?

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Brian France, the NASCAR Chairman and CEO, announced a new winner-take-all Sprint Cup championship format Thursday afternoon during the final press conference of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Per France, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion will be determined in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with the top four drivers in points heading into the race each having an equal chance to win.

Under the new format, 16 drivers will qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The top 15 drivers with the most wins over the first 26 races will earn a spot in the NASCAR Chase Grid -- provided they have finished in the top 30 in points and attempted to qualify for every race (except in rare instances). The 16th Chase position will go to the points leader after race No. 26, if he/she does not have a victory. In the event that there are 16 or more different winners over 26 races, the only winless driver who can earn a Chase grid spot would be the points leader after 26 races.

If there are fewer than 16 different winners in the first 26 races, the remaining Chase grid positions will go to those winless drivers highest in points. If there are 16 or more winners in the first 26 races, the ties will first be broken by number of wins, followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points.

As has been the case in recent seasons, at the close of the regular season, drivers who qualify for the Chase will have their point totals reset to 2,000 plus 3 points for each regular-season race victory. Winless drivers receive no bonus points.

After the first three races of the Chase -- known as the Challenger Round -- the bottom four Chase drivers in points will be eliminated from championship eligibility, leaving 12 drivers to fight for the title. Any driver who wins a Chase race automatically advances to the next segment. Points will be reset after this round to 3,000 points for each driver.

Following the next three races of the Chase -- the Contender Round -- the bottom four remaining drivers again will be eliminated, cutting the title hopefuls to eight. Points will be reset to 4,000 for each driver after this round.

After another three races -- the Eliminator Round -- the bottom four remaining drivers will be axed, leaving four drivers to contend for the championship.

At the season finale, the final four drivers will have their point totals reset to 5,000 so all four are tied prior to the Ford 400. Whoever among the four drivers does best at Homestead will be the series champion for the year.
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"No math, no bonus points for leading laps, (or) previous wins," said France. "It's going to be the first of four drivers to cross the finish line. And you know what? That's as simple as it gets."

Additionally, drivers who are eliminated in the Contender and Eliminator Rounds will have their points readjusted. Each eliminated driver will return to the Chase-start base of 2,000 (plus any regular season wins bonus points), with their accumulated points starting with race No. 27 added. This will allow all drivers not in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title to continue to race for the best possible season-long standing, with final positions fifth through 16th still up for grabs.

"NASCAR's core responsibility is to always look down the road and position the industry to excite our fans with the highest level of competition in the world," said France. " ... The new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be thrilling, easy to understand and help drive our sport's competition to a whole new level."

France said NASCAR had three goals in coming up with the new system: 1. Reward winning more. 2. Make running for a championship much easier to understand. 3. Expand the field of Chase drivers "while ultimately rewarding the most worthy, battle-tested champion."

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/d ... mat-013014

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 Post subject: Re: The new NASCAR 'Chase' format
PostPosted: January 31st, 2014, 11:01 am 
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A year too late ... Kenseth would have won the championship in 2013 under this format :(


That said, I'm not sure what to make of this. Given the lengths that some teams took to just try to make the Chase last year, I wonder what shenanigans will go one to keep a team in the Chase.

I can see scenarios where this will blow up in NASCAR's face and I can see scenarios where it might make NASCAR look good. I guess we'll have to wait and see how it plays out.


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PostPosted: January 31st, 2014, 11:30 am 
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I think I like the format.

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 Post subject: Re: The new NASCAR 'Chase' format
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I think it's going to be interesting and anxious to see how it will all unfold the first time around. I am not so worried about teams pulling similar stunts as MWR at Richmond last year, I think the aftermath of that may be enough of a deterrent especially with the possibility of losing a major sponsor like what happened with Napa.

I am thinking the Stewart/Edwards showdown a couple of years ago at Homestead for all the marbles and the resulting excitement may have been part of the catalyst for the, especially the "Championship Round" set for Homestead. Being a Stewart fan and although the ending worked out well for Stewart, afterwards I couldn't help but think how much it would have sucked for either driver if either one of them got a flat because they ran over a piece of debris or some other stupid reason. On one hand you get the excitement of having a guaranteed race for all the marbles but on the other hand it can bring ALOT of luck into the equation. But either way it will be interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: The new NASCAR 'Chase' format
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I erred above. Kenseth wouldn't have won (I was going by the fact that he finished ahead of everyone except a non-contender - Hamlin - at Homestead last year).

Ironically - given that this format is all about rewarding drivers who win - last years winningest driver would have been eliminated before Homestead, despite also winning a fifth of the Chase races.

Double ironically, in a system designed to reward winning, the 2013 championship would have been won by a driver who did not win a single race last year (in fact has only won 2 races in the last 7 years). You got it, 2013's "Mr. Consistency", Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have won the championship.


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 Post subject: Re: The new NASCAR 'Chase' format
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Wow, you've done a lot of calculating.

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.................in a system designed to reward winning, the 2013 championship would have been won by a driver who did not win a single race last year (in fact has only won 2 races in the last 7 years). You got it, 2013's "Mr. Consistency", Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have won the championship.

Some of the 'conspiracy theorists' will allege that is what NASCAR is actually trying to do. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The new NASCAR 'Chase' format
PostPosted: February 3rd, 2014, 10:50 am 
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Wow, you've done a lot of calculating.


Actually, The Sporting News did the 2013 calculation.


Kyle Busch would have been the 2012 champ.


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