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Bruton Smith Says NASCAR May Have To Consider Scrapping Chase
Published January 26, 2011
CHANGE IS COMING: SI.com's Bruce Martin wrote of the proposed changes to the points system, "Knowing NASCAR, it wouldn't have floated these ideas around unless it intends to make a change. ... Will a new system help to simplify a cumbersome and often confusing points breakdown? The answer seems to be a resounding yes." But Martin added, "Unless a significant bonus is given to winning races, will the new points system really be much of a change? Again, it will be simpler to understand, but it may not provide the necessary incentive for drivers to race all out, all the time" (SI.com, 1/24). In Daytona Beach, Ken Willis wrote, "Whatever system they adopt -- and it's pretty obvious it'll be based on a 1-to-43 point scale per race -- it'll be an improvement, but won't be quite as good as it could be." He added, "I expect a small glitch involving the bonus points. And this, it goes without saying, will continue to happen" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 1/25). In Michigan, Steve Kaminski wrote, "They say they want to make the points distribution system easier to understand. Well, we have managed to survive just fine with the current system for the past 35 seasons, and considering how the TV people update the point standings every five minutes during the weekly broadcasts, it's really not a problem. Let's wait and see what the new system is before we break it down, but this appears to be another attempt by NASCAR chairman Brian France to win back viewers" (MLIVE.com, 1/25).
KEEPING IT SHORT AND SWEET: With Fox Sports Media Group Chair & CEO David Hill indicating he would like to see some NASCAR races shortened, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "Everything should be shortened in sports. It's a very good idea" ("PTI," ESPN, 1/25). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, "Everything in sports today is too long. People are trying to shorten baseball games. NASCAR: Keep it short, keep it more understandable. Bring it back to the average fan." But Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said, "The only people that complain are sportswriters and executives at networks. The people love it" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 1/25).