Playoffs in NASCAR


The race for the chase is a good thing. It's a move aimed toward rewarding winning and consistency during the regular season but at the same time it doesn’t let a driver sit back with a comfortable points lead and coast through the season knowing that if they don’t crash they will win. The race to get in the chase makes it a whole new ball game. The top 10 in points following Race No. 26, the cutoff race, advance into the Chase. The top 10 drivers will continue to be seeded based on victories during the first 26 races, with each win worth three bonus points. 
NASCAR is not scared to make changes like they did this year by awarding two new wild card spots based on victories instead of points alone. The wild-card positions will go to the two non-top-10-ranked drivers with the most victories, as long as they're ranked in the top 20 in points. They will not receive bonus points for victories and will be seeded 11th and 12th respectively. 
The chase format makes the end of the season more interesting and exciting. All drivers have a chance to win as long as they get in. 

Andy Linscott


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