posted on Jan, 20 2004 @ 04:57 PM
In a bid to add excitement and put more emphasis on winning, NASCAR changed its scoring system by setting up a showdown for the Nextel Cup
championship over the season's last 10 races. The structure of the new points plan for the Nextel Cup Series, were Revealed Tuesday.
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: There will a 10-race "Chase for the Championship" at the end of the season to determine the champion.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE: The top 10 drivers in the standings after the first 26 races, along with any other driver within 400 points of the leader at that
juncture, qualifies for the 10-race "Chase for the Championship." Everyone in the top 10 at the end of the season will get at least $1 million from
the points fund, with the champion getting at least $5 million.
A HEAD START: The driver in first place in the standings after the 26 races will begin the final 10-race "Chase for the Championship" with 5,050
points. The second-place driver will start with 5,045, third with 5,040 and so on in five-point increments for all drivers who qualify.
WINNING COUNTS A LITTLE MORE: Under the system in place last year, if the driver finishing second in a race led the most laps that day, both he and
the winner would get 180 points for that event. This year, a victory will be worth 180 points, plus five for leading a lap. Second is still worth 170
points, and a runner-up who leads the most lap would still get 180 points - counting five-point bonuses for leading a lap and for leading the most
laps. But the winner would get 185. A winner leading the most laps would get 190 points that day.
Story link AP wire
[Edited on 1/23/2004 by TRD]