Big changes for the Chase

NASCAR is making some significant changes to its Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. It's getting simpler in that it eschews a complicated points system in favor of an emphasis on winning -- a victory in the regular season probably will get you a berth in the Chase. Once the 16-driver field is set, it'll be winnowed by four every three Chase races. Once four drivers remain, they'll compete in a winner-take-all final race in which the first driver to cross the finish line will be crowned the champion. Opinion is split among at least two top-tier drivers; Jimmie Johnson is in favor of the overhaul, while Carl Edwards opposes it.

What do you make of NASCAR expanding the Chase to 16 with drivers ousted at three-race intervals until four remain for a winner-take-all final race?


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