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NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

Posted on: September 4, 2008 5:15 pm
 

A lot of of the old NASCAR fans complain the chase isn't good for the sport.   They long for the old days when the tilte was decided over the entire schedule, instead of a ten race shoot out.  But is the Chase really bad for the sport.  I don't think so and here are my reasons why.

  • The chase gives 11 drivers a second chance at catching the winner.  What is wrong with that?  When you go back into the past and look at the final standings you will find that at most there were 3 drivers going that had a chance to win the title going into the last 10 races but no you have a Dozen drivers that have a chance.
  • Some say it takes away from the excitement of the individual races during the regular season.  That the drivers are racing for a chase spot.  Well what is the difference between that and a Dale Earnhardt racing for points during the entire season.  Sure everyone is racing for points and some may not go for a win because of these points, but in the past the last half of the season was run the same way.  If you didn't have a legit chance to win then you raced for the points.
  • Favorites like Jeff Gordon got screwed last year because he dominated the entire season then had it taken away by the chase.  Well how many people will scream foul this year if Kyle Bush loses the chase?  None.  Herein lies the major problem with a lot of the old timers.  The second year of the chase, a driver that would otherwise probably never would have won a championship won.  And he wasn't a crowd favorite, and that is Kurt Bush.  Kurt had a good season in 2004 but he wasn't a Championship contender until the chase then he got on a roll and won the title by 8 points.  Well, instead of people embracing this they dissed it.  (and I was probably guilty too). 

No the chase has been good and if you don't believe me let Dale Earnhardt Junior win and see how many people who have claimed the past chase winners were not worthy of the championship, will now say Junior's championship is legit.  I'm not picking on the Junior fans but am just pointing out that as long as the champion is one the masses like it will be legit. But let a Clint Bowyer, or David Regan slip into the chase after Richmond, then go on a roll and win it.  Well, lets just say you could probably fill up the Superbowl, with the amount of crying you will hear from NASCAR Fans. 

NASCAR like all sports have passionate fans and everything is ok, as long as it favors their favorites.  But make a change in the rules that give a few more a chance at the pie and it is no longer good, unless of course their driver/team wins it all. 

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Chase, NASCAR
 
Comments

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2008 1:44 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

I dont like the chase even though my driver won a championship during the chase years!    Racing cannot create a "playoff" format like other sports because all of the drivers who are not in the "playoffs" still have to compete. 



Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:04 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

Yes but its can suck for drivers.




Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:02 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

I think,like most things,it has pros and cons.It makes things more interesting for fans,but unfair for drivers like Gordon and mabey Busch.




Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2008 7:14 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

I think the chase is good for the sport.  I recall back in the late 70's where Cale Yarborough had such a big lead he ony had to start a race three races from the end of the year to win the title.  Where is the excitement in that, unless in my case with Cale, your driver is the one that wraps up the cup weeks before the end of hte year.  At least we have something to watch for in the last 10 races.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2008 6:15 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

Great point, and it's one that everyone probably overlooks. A lot of the old time championships were won not because that driver was better, but because he raced more. Who knows how many Pearson could've taken away from Petty.
 
I agree though, all in all it's a good thing. More drivers eligible, more excitement, higher TV ratings, it's easily the best change and the one that I have no problem continuing.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2008 6:10 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

sadurtimes - thanks for the comment.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2008 6:09 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

buckeye, that is another thing us old timers talk about the chase changes take away from the sports history,  Well, in Baseball we have the DH in the American League, and experiment that is still on going.  In Football, you can no longer smear the quarterback, you have Instant replay, and a host of other rules have evolved.  In hockey we have instant replay. 

The point is things change and instead of finding the bad in the change look at the good?  NASCAR went from 50 to 60 races a year in 1972 to 28 and that has increased to 36.  How many championships changed by adding those 8 races?  As for Jeff, he has as good a shot, and even a better shot at reaching 7 with the chase then he does without it.  After all if he qualifies for the chase he has a legit shot up front where if he were 600 points out like now he would have no chance.  So it works both ways.




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2008 5:51 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

Mikey I have no idea about the subject I just wanted to reply to the blog. I hope that is alright.




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2008 5:34 pm
 

NASCAR Chase, Is it Good For the Sport

My only problem with the Chase is that it could possibly take history away from the sport at some point in time. If you go back to the beginning of the modern era and apply the Chase, Dale Earnhardt only wins like 4 titles, Alan Kulwicki never wins one, and Kyle Petty has 1. Plus, now we missed the chance of seeing Jeff Gordon make a run at 7.

But out of all the changes to tradition they made, the Chase is the best. I worried about it a lot at the beginning, but it's added excitement and kept a lot of drivers in the title chase. Even if they don't really deserve it that year, it forces the top team(s) to stay at the top of their games for the entire season.


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