One of my regular readers sent this question in, (I am trying to answer questions during the off season to fill in the lack of real racing news. )
As you know a couple of years ago, they changed all of the rules and decided to go to a top ten shoot out for the cup. How has that changed the field in regards to competition? I mean, if you aren’t in the top ten, do you really compete as you used to during the real season? I dunno, but I sort of wish they would bring back the old way of doing it, even the little guys still had a chance (1 in a million) but it was still a chance of getting recognized. What is your take on this?
The new version of NASCAR VS. the “old version” of NASCAR….
The “old version” of nascar… Which is better?
Looking back on the way that NASCAR crowns a championship…… Used to long ago NASCAR would award points for how you finished a race, winner got the most and if you led the most laps and led a lap you got bonus points for each of those feats.
Today you need a computer to figure out the points, you race for 26 weekends to try and make a 10 race shootout at the end of the season, in this format the top 12 are locked in, no one else can get in and the points are reset, then the final 10 races you race and your points are added up separate from the rest of the field, who by the way are racing for a $1 million bonus for 13th place, the first driver to not make the chase. In theory this gives the fans “2 races with in a race, one for the top ten and one for the rest of the field who didn’t make the chase.”
This is where NASCAR has tried to compete with other “stick and ball sports” by putting in a playoff type champion. To some it works but to the purist it is an insult. To change something that has worked for years, kind of like following the old saying “if it ain’t broke ….. don’t fix it”, this is the mindset most purist fans view the points system, but the higher up’s of NASCAR didn’t see it that way, thus the changes. The driving mindset of NASCAR has been greed since the takeover of Brian France, his actions seem to root out the true fans that has over the years put NASCAR on the map, in favor of a “new Breed” of fans. Ones who come to the races not minding spending $1500.00 for the weekend. And in attracting the “New Breed ” of fan NASCAR felt they had to give the new fan something they could relate to, a playoff system. But has it worked? Has it improved the numbers? well to hear NASCAR tell it it has , but to the purist who has watched ticket prices skyrocket it hasn’t, to the teams who have went from 35 or 40 full time employee’s to teams that have 275 per car. To the teams who have had to spend countless millions on R&D, it has affected those numbers…..the true cost of racing. It is quickly getting out of hand and will only get worse, if left unchecked…………. But what are we to do? Should we go back to the old way? Or stay with the new? Or come up with a combination of both?
In my opinion, which never means much, I would like to see it done this way………
Go back to the old way, in as much as you race all teams for the entire season, taking away the 10 race shootout. Give more points for winning, give a few points for qualifying, that would liven up the points race with out making sponsors mad, keeping all drivers in the hunt a little bit longer, and rewarding the teams for winning will liven up the on track racing.
I know everyone will have idea’s on how they think it should be, so why dont NASCAR try a poll? let the fans who foot the bill have a voice? naw that wont ever happen……but a guy can dream can’t he?