Potential changes to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup have been the talk of the NASCAR world for awhile now. And on Thursday, NASCAR made those changes official.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced the official changes to the Chase during his State of the Sports address, closing out the 2014 Sprint Media Tour, hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
This new format rewards winning. It elevates the importance of every race across the entire schedule. It ultimately rewards those drivers and teams, who perform at the highest level when the Championship is on the line.”
Changes to the Chase format include:
- The Chase field will expand from 12 to 16 drivers. These drivers will now advance to what will be called the NASCAR Chase grid. The grid will be set at the conclusion of the Richmond race.
- Drivers with a win in the first 26 races and those with the most points will fill out the 16-driver field.
- Each driver will have his or her points reset to 2,000 when the Chase begins. Additionally, three bonus points will be added for each win in the 26 races.
- The first three races will be known as the Challenger Round. A win in any of these races guarantees the driver will move onto the next round. The top 12 drivers in wins and points will advance, while the lowest four will be eliminated for a chance to race for the Championship. Points are then reset for the next round.
- The next three races will be called the Contender Round. Eight drivers will advance and another four will be eliminated. A driver is guaranteed to advance into the next round if they win any of the three races.
- The following three races will be the Elimination Round. The top four drivers will move on to compete for the Championship after the Phoenix race.
- Those four drivers will enter the Homestead race on level points standing. The driver with the best finish will capture the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
More info on the Chase format change can be found here.
Following the announcement, Brian France joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to talk about the new Chase format.
This is so simple to understand. It doesn’t fully eliminate points racing and nor should it, but it greatly diminishes that and that’s what our fans want and that’s what we want. We want to see winning come back into center stage.
Now it’s your turn:
Talk about the revised Chase on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and come back to this post for reactions from insiders from the sport!