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Nationwide Not On Board With NASCAR Limiting Drivers To One Title Race
Published January 21, 2011
ALL IN FAVOR? SCENEDAILY.com's Kenny Bruce reported NASCAR drivers seem "pretty much in agreement on a new points system expected to be announced" for the Sprint Cup Series next week. Edwards said, "If I am running 12th or something, I don’t even know how many points that is worth and I have been doing this long enough that I should know. So if it makes it simpler for the competitors and the fans to follow along and understand, then I think it is a good move. We all race so hard for the wins that whatever points system it is, we are going to race hard." Five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson said, "I don't see it being a big thing. I know people expect me to react and think, ‘Oh, they've got to leave it alone, don't change it.’ I don't care what races are in the Chase, the format to win the championship." Driver and team Owner Tony Stewart: "As long as we all know what it is at the beginning, I don't think the competitors really care." Driver Kasey Kahne added, "The thing I like about it is it helps the fan understand the points a little better" (SCENEDAILY.com, 1/20). In San Diego, Bill Center wrote under the header, "No Points System Perfect, But NASCAR Lays An Egg With This Idea" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/20).