ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT THE CHASE

As we have discussed before, the simplicity of the Watermill Score is that it can summarize what it takes to succeed in the NASCAR points system with just four basic inputs: Wins Top 10s Lead lap finishes Races at the finish A simple count of each of these gives you the Watermill Score of zero to four, and it is almost 100 percent correlated with the real points system. We have seen it work over the course of an entire season, but what happens if we look at it just using the ...

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TITLE RACE WOULD BE CLOSE UNDER A DIFFERENT POINT SYSTEM

After Jimmie Johnson's lucky sixth-place finish at Talladega, his lead is basically insurmountable. It does not have to be this way. As I pointed out last week, if NASCAR used a different scoring system, we could be winding up one of the most exciting seasons in Sprint Cup history. What if, instead of Jimmie Johnson looking like a lock for his fourth straight title, the story line was: With three races to go, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin all have a shot at keeping John ...

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JOHNSON AND GORDON WOULD BE TIED IF NASCAR USED F1 SCORING SYSTEM

I am following up on an Oct. 1 post that showed what the standings would look like if NASCAR used Formula 1’s point system. I have updated the numbers and, well, let’s just say they would make many fans very excited about the last four races of the season. All of the sudden Jimmie Johnson isn’t running away with the title. He’s locked neck-and-neck in a historic battle with his friend, teammate and owner Jeff Gordon. This is much closer than the current Sprint Cup standin ...

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