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NASCAR Adds Wild Card Element To Setting The Chase Field; Simplifies Points System

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 26, 2011) — NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has added a wild card element to setting the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field and it has simplified its points system for 2011, making it easier for fans, competitors and the industry to understand.

 

While the 12-driver Chase field remains intact, the final two spots will be determined by the number of wins during the first 26 races.

 

The top 10 in points following Race No. 26 – the “cutoff” race – continue to earn Chase berths.

 

Positions 11 and 12 are “wild card” qualifiers and will go to non-top-10-ranked drivers with the most wins, as long as they’re ranked in the top 20 in points. The top-10 Chase drivers will continue to be seeded based on wins during the first 26 races, with each win worth three bonus points. The wild card drivers will not receive bonus points for wins and will be seeded 11th and 12th, respectively. It’s a move aimed towards rewarding winning and consistency during the regular season.

 

Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, made the announcements at the NASCAR Hall of Fame during NASCAR’s annual media event as part of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour.

 

“The fans tell us that winning matters the most with them, so we’re combining the tradition of consistency in our sport with the excitement that comes along with winning,” said France. “This makes every race count leading into the 26th race of the season at Richmond, when we set the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”

 

The new points system – which applies to all NASCAR national series – will award points in one-point increments. As an example, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, race winners will earn 43 points, plus three bonus points for the win. Winners also can earn an extra point for leading a lap and leading the most laps, bringing their total to a possible maximum of 48 points.

 

All other drivers in a finishing order will be separated by one-point increments. A second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, and so on. A last-place finisher – 43rd place – earns one point. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last-place finisher receives eight points, to account for that series’ 36-driver race field.

 

“Many of our most loyal fans don’t fully understand the points system we have used to date,” said France, referencing the system that has been in use since 1975. “So, we are simplifying the points system to one that is much easier to understand. Conceptually, it is comparable to our previous system, but it is easier to follow.”

 

During his remarks Wednesday night, France reflected on the outstanding competition the sport enjoyed in 2010 and expected to see that high-caliber of racing to continue once the green flag drops for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 20.

 

“NASCAR enters 2011 with positive momentum and a great sense of excitement and optimism,” said France. “We’re extremely excited for the launch of the season. Leading the season off with Daytona, Phoenix and Las Vegas, we believe our fans are in store for some of the best racing the sport has to offer.”

 

Other competitive enhancements announced Wednesday:

 

Pick a Series – Drivers in all three national series now must select the series where they’ll compete for a driver championship. Drivers still may compete in multiple series and help their teams win owner titles in series where they’re not competing for a driver title. The move helps spotlight young talent in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

New Qualifying Procedure – The qualifying order will be set based upon slowest to fastest practice speeds.

Inclement Weather Qualifying – If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book.

 

Tire Rules Revision – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams now are allowed five sets of tires for practice and qualifying instead of six. They must return four of those sets to Goodyear in order to receive their race allotment, and may keep one set of practice/qualifying tires. Tire allotments for race weekends will vary according to historical performance data.

 

Closed Loop Fueling System – Introduced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, this goes into effect for all three national series in 2011. It combines a more efficient fueling system with the elimination of the catch-can man, considered the most “vulnerable” pit-crew member. Teams now will use six, rather than seven, over-the-wall pit-crew members.

 

Evolution Of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car – NASCAR continues to work with the manufacturers and teams to enhance the look of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. The cars have new fronts this season and the body makeover will continue to help appeal to fans and aid manufacturer identity.

 

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STATEMENT FROM TMS PRESIDENT EDDIE GOSSAGE REGARDING NASCAR'S RESTRUCTURED POINTS SYSTEM

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (January 26, 2011) – The following is a statement from Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage regarding the announcement today from NASCAR on its restructuring of the points system for all three national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series). NASCAR is incorporating a “one point per position” scoring system, ranging from 43 points for first to one point for the 43rd and final position. There also will be bonus points awarded for a win (3), most laps led (1) and leading a lap (1). Texas Motor Speedway plays host annually to two races in each of the respective series.

 

"These guys are going to be driving like their hair is on fire. Give NASCAR credit for placing the emphasis on winning races with the new points system. With the new points system, drivers are encouraged to win races in order to be in a position to win the championship. The points championship should be secondary to winning races week in and week out. If you do that, championships take care of themselves.”

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Now let the Ida Dones by the masses begin anew

 

Translation please.... :huh: LOL

 

Looks a lot like the IMCA points sytem now.....

 

Now if they can only get Jr. to win enough races to qualify......LMFAOOOOOO.....But I guess it's one way to gaurantee that if Jimmie or Jeffy have enough wins they can qualify if they crash/DNF in too many others......

 

I still say SCRAP THE FREAKING CHASE!!!!

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Three bonus points for a win seems a little unfair(entering the chase). They need to leave the top ten alone where they stand entering the chase and leave the final two in order of standings at the end of the 26 races. If thats the case just give the championship to the driver with most wins. Doesnt seem fair to the team as whole. JMO.

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Translation please.... :huh: LOL

 

Looks a lot like the IMCA points sytem now.....

 

Now if they can only get Jr. to win enough races to qualify......LMFAOOOOOO.....But I guess it's one way to gaurantee that if Jimmie or Jeffy have enough wins they can qualify if they crash/DNF in too many others......

 

I still say SCRAP THE FREAKING CHASE!!!!

 

Bitter... Party of one, your table is ready... :) I think it will make things a bit more interesting... wonder how they will break ties for the 2 wildcards....

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wonder how they will break ties for the 2 wildcards....

If two or more drivers are eligible for the wildcard with the same number of wins then they will be set by points.

 

I know this is a long shot - but assume a driver enters and wins only 5 races. if no one else from 11th back to 19th has five wins he's in the chase - thats why they made the top 20 rule!

 

I like the chase style - it does work sort of like a playoff. the only issue is with a playoff you have division champ - confernce champ then national champ. With the chase its all or nothing. But it was always all or nothing until the introduction of the chase so thats not a big difference. I truly believe this format will keep the points a whole bunch closer! The wide spread was there for a reason - back when the old points system was developed there was a huge spread in the pack. the front runners were so pushing the envelope with technology that "wins by attrition" were quite common, as was the win or break that made that possible. The wide spread was to reward the mid pack drivers for consistency. Finishing 18th twice was almost as valuable as finishing first and last in the same two races! That necessity was diminished the day they introduced templates and totally eliminated with restrictor plates.

 

When I was younger we ran for championships at Cajon Speedway and Tecate. After the season there was Open Comps at Mesa Marin, Irwindale, Phoenix, El Centro and Corona. The opens were money races (in 87 El Centro paid 10K to win - paid for our engine program) but the only folks that showed up were the ones with a chance at winning - the front five to ten from the other tracks - Oct and Nov was the most exciting part of our season! I liken the chase to that. I also realize that it isn't even close to the same!

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Next there will be a chick in the chase for danica, I think old Ray should hook up with danica, like he did erin crocker and get the ratings up!!! I think tony needs to quit being a pansy in the U.S. and get back to his scrappin ways. Nascar aint suckin cause of the points they got bigger problems JMO

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