Why The New Chase Qualifying System Works

We're only three races into the new NASCAR Sprint Cup season, so there's still a lot yet to be determined. It's still too early to establish which are bone fide trends and mirages. For example, Junior Nation is hoping hoping his current is a trend, while Smoke fans are praying Tony Stewart's present woes are a quickly fading mirage. While those issues remain a bit unclear, one thing seems undeniable: the new Chase qualification system has created a desired effect among the drivers. You se ...

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VICKERS, BIFFLE MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED FROM CHASE

In a surprising revelation on Wednesday, NASCAR's official statistician announced that Brian Vickers and Greg Biffle were eliminated from Chase contention for being "too far back." Vickers, Biffle and a handful of competitive cup drivers are more than 40 points off the lead, which under the new system, means there is no way for them to win the championship. Joining Biffle and Vickers in the back of the field are drivers like Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann and Joey Logano. ...

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NASCAR’S CHANGES BREAK WHAT NEEDS BREAKING

One man’s resolve is another man’s stubbornness. One company’s “Mustang” could become another company’s “Edsel.” There's no guaranteeing an idea will work, but if there’s at least some rationale behind a change, why NOT try it? Like the businessman says in 12 Angry Men, “Let’s run it up the flagpole, and see who salutes it.”  Concerning NASCAR's points system, there’s no sense in getting a ...

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