Carl Edwards, one of the few NASCAR drivers to publicly address the issue, isn't a fan of the expected changes to the Chase for the Cup playoff format.
Expected to become official on Thursday, NASCAR is thought to have proposed a 16-driver pool, eventually working its way to a final four over 10 races, whose winner would be determined at a one-race playoff at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“You don't want someone to win 35 races, have a blown tire in one race, and not be the champion,” Edwards said to USAToday. “That would seem kind of odd, juxtaposed to how we've crowned a champion, not just in NASCAR, but in auto racing.”
Before the Chase for the Cup debuted in 2004 (a 10-race series featuring the best drivers), NASCAR crowned its champion based off points earned throughout the whole season.
Thursday's announcement would be the biggest formatting change yet.
Of concern to Edwards, who famously lost the 2011 championship to Tony Stewart, is that 39 drivers might be on the track during the final, winner-take-all race, but only four would be eligible to take the title.
“It would be like if we played the Super Bowl this weekend and the 49ers were on the field. If they obviously outperformed the other two teams, it would look kind of funny,” he said.
“I'll tell you one thing,” Edwards added. “Whatever it is we do, I hope we do it and stick with it for a long time. Because I think that gives it credibility, just inherently, to have something that isn't changing all the time.”