This Week in NASCAR - WOW Chase changes are rather drastic

NASCAR's Chase takes drastic turns

1/30/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR - WOW Chase changes are rather drasticOver the past few weeks, NASCAR has been gearing up for the start of the 2014 season.  This morning they dropped a bit of a bombshell.  

Changes to the Chase for the NASCAR Championship have been anticipated and rumored.  One thing that I've called, screamed, yelled, and yes, begged for is for wins during the regular season to count for more towards the Chase.  It isn't enough to be consistent.  And, yes, I am a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who got into the Chase last year without a win.  

The new Chase format is based on wins.  The Chase entry has been expanded to 16 drivers, at least for the opening rounds.  

Let's start at the beginning.

During the regular season, if you win a race, you are pretty much guaranteed a berth in the playoffs.  Positions 1-15 will be those drivers with wins, with the one with the most wins taking the top spot.  Position 16 will reward consistency.  So, for the driver who remains at the top of the points race, but has no win, a berth in the Chase is definitely there.  Also, a driver who gets a win must also be in the top 30 in points, and have attempted, at least, to have qualified for all of the regular season races.

But winning counts more.

So, now we are at Chicagoland, and the Chase begins.  All drivers in the Chase have 2000 points, plus 3 extra points for each win.  For the next three races, all 16 are in it, and anyone who wins moves on, but the rest have to fight for one of 12 positions who will continue into the next round.  

Once we hit Kansas, the same fight for position continues, as only 8 drivers advance to the next round after Talladega.  Again, a win guarantees advancement, but the field will tighten up, and even if a driver who was 16th at the end of the first elmination round wins every race in the second or third round, he or she cannot advance to the Championship.  So while wins are important, so is consistency, at least where the Chase is concerned.  Bonus points will be awarded up until this point.

After Phoenix, there will only be four drivers left competing for the Championship.  As they head into Homestead, their points will once again be reset.  

This is where it gets really fun.
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR - WOW Chase changes are rather drastic
At Homestead, there are four drivers who can be crowned Champion.  Any one of four can win it by winning the race or being the top finisher.  There are no bonus points, so leading a lap awards no one, unless it is the last lap.  The driver who finishes highest in the race wins the Championship.

Well NASCAR, it seems you may just have gotten it right.  

After making changes to qualifying, the Sprint All Star Race and now the Chase format, I am once again cautiously optimistic that the sport I love could be back.  

 
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2/2/14   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

well.. lets play the Yahoo Nascar Racing Faniq league.......who won last year!!!

and guess the NCAAB is go away come May or so...

2/1/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
well... the future in Nascar will not hold me.. I see that they do not want what I like..,, its that simple... the writer if this blog even says so....so me and my money will go else where finally.. they have lost millions of fans over the last decade and are searching for brand new fans ... finally I will throw up the towel and give in and move on... where Nascar sits and does not sit on this sites home page says a great deal...

but the writing is on the wall... that races are fixed. This just adds to that...

NASCAR is off the home page for now, because it is the off-season. It will be restored to home page status once the season starts and the Olympics are over.

2/1/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I don't really have room to put it on the home page right now, so I'll link to the piece I wrote on the changes here.

2/1/14   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Wait a minute. When did she become "my girl?" Just because I don't think she's a raging incompetent whore like the rest of you? Sheesh.

Hey now, I never said "raging". 

2/1/14   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm sincerely hoping that each driver and his crew will do their very best every single race to win that race.  Wins count for additional points at the end, so if a driver has six wins, he gains 18 points on the competition, giving him a cushion, should he not do well at the first three tracks in the Chase.

I'm equally sure each organization, SHR, HMS, JGR are trying to figure out how to help their team members in the coming weeks, but as NASCAR has already said they will punish any attempt to manipulate the race, they will have to be very sneaky and not obvious in doing so.  

Naysayers will always be naysayers, that's a given, but I have to reiterate that I am actually excited for the season to begin, to see what the future holds.  

well... the future in Nascar will not hold me.. I see that they do not want what I like..,, its that simple... the writer if this blog even says so....so me and my money will go else where finally.. they have lost millions of fans over the last decade and are searching for brand new fans ... finally I will throw up the towel and give in and move on... where Nascar sits and does not sit on this sites home page says a great deal...

but the writing is on the wall... that races are fixed. This just adds to that...

1/31/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I would think you would like this format. It gives your girl a real shot at making the Chase. All she has to do is win ONE race.
(Edited by Eric_)

Wait a minute. When did she become "my girl?" Just because I don't think she's a raging incompetent whore like the rest of you? Sheesh.

1/31/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'm sincerely hoping that each driver and his crew will do their very best every single race to win that race.  Wins count for additional points at the end, so if a driver has six wins, he gains 18 points on the competition, giving him a cushion, should he not do well at the first three tracks in the Chase.

I'm equally sure each organization, SHR, HMS, JGR are trying to figure out how to help their team members in the coming weeks, but as NASCAR has already said they will punish any attempt to manipulate the race, they will have to be very sneaky and not obvious in doing so.  

Naysayers will always be naysayers, that's a given, but I have to reiterate that I am actually excited for the season to begin, to see what the future holds.  

1/31/14   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

The leaders of Nascar made a decision... what will happen is that they are marketing to a specific group(s)... they needed to do this because there are not enough folks following the sport... so they will alienate a portion of their current market lose them.. and intend to gain others.. this has been going on in the US for over 50 years now everywhere...

so the answer is find something else to do...

1/31/14   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

Eric_ wrote:
For one, once one driver from a big team wins, their incentive to win is gone, and they might start working towards getting teammates in.

I would think you would like this format. It gives your girl a real shot at making the Chase. All she has to do is win ONE race.

1/31/14   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Debi_L wrote:
But isn't that the point? Lasting to the end?

Yes, race wins are rewarded, both with a race trophy, but now also with a position in the Chase.  I don't see how any of this is an approval of "fixing races", but perhaps you've seen something I haven't?

Races will have team orders .. individual races will become more boring.. fans will figure out that buying a ticket to watch their favorite team will not return the entertainment expected....but hey in this twitter age and hollywood insider smile at everything.. how dare anyone disagree...there is not enough space or characters to disagree..

so   ... smiley  smiley and enjoy the racing..because in the end it is what it is,,, and time will tell where each one of us is on a Sunday race time...

1/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm not positive I'm going to love it either, but I believe it is a step in the right direction.  Anything that puts more importance on wins, I am for.  

I have to admit, I LOVE the plans for Homestead.

Agree, it should be very interesting. Kinda excited!

1/30/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
But isn't that the point? Lasting to the end?

Yes, race wins are rewarded, both with a race trophy, but now also with a position in the Chase.  I don't see how any of this is an approval of "fixing races", but perhaps you've seen something I haven't?

For one, once one driver from a big team wins, their incentive to win is gone, and they might start working towards getting teammates in.

1/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I am pretty sure we talked about this a few years ago, when the, then new format was brought out. I like this idea. i think. Seeing it in action will help me be sure.

I'm not positive I'm going to love it either, but I believe it is a step in the right direction.  Anything that puts more importance on wins, I am for.  

I have to admit, I LOVE the plans for Homestead.

1/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

I am pretty sure we talked about this a few years ago, when the, then new format was brought out. I like this idea. i think. Seeing it in action will help me be sure.

1/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
well.. thanks for the read.. nascar has demonstrated that they approve of teams fixing races... and have made the last race irrelevant.... but casual sports fans will love this... maybe maybe not. because you have to last to the last race and that may not happen in this twitter age...

But isn't that the point? Lasting to the end?

Yes, race wins are rewarded, both with a race trophy, but now also with a position in the Chase.  I don't see how any of this is an approval of "fixing races", but perhaps you've seen something I haven't?

1/30/14   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

well.. thanks for the read.. nascar has demonstrated that they approve of teams fixing races... and have made the last race irrelevant.... but casual sports fans will love this... maybe maybe not. because you have to last to the last race and that may not happen in this twitter age...