New Points Format Shakes Earth – Or Does It?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 this year and earned a berth in the Chase. Now what? (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
NASCAR’s era of big changes has faced high levels of criticism from the paying customers. But there is one change that was made for the 2014 season that some say just might be capable of cross-generational appeal.
It’s a tweaking of the points format and it was aimed squarely at a major area of discontent among fans – points racing.
The new format, which increases the value of race victories, just may address that discontent.
Then again, it’s a change that might create as many problems as it solves.
Then then again, it’s a change that may have no real affect on the crowning of series champion.
So it goes in NASCAR these days.
Make no mistake about this: The folks running NASCAR have been in a tough spot for the last 10 years.
In terms of growth – if not outright survival – their sport has been gimping about on wobbly legs. The search for stabilization has resulted in the implementation of a decade-long series Read the full story »