NASCAR's new race format is a little bit complicated

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    Having already created one of the most horrendously complicated championship points systems in motor sport, NASCAR has gone a step further by adding a new level of complexity to its race scoring.

    Oh, and the points system has been changed again too.

    I’m not going to add anything to NASCAR’s own explanation for how this is all going to work:

    • Races will now consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage.
    • The top ten finishers of the first two stages will be awarded additional championship points.
    • The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to his or her reset total following race No. 26, if that competitor makes the playoffs.
    • All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the playoffs (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.
    • Championship points following the first two stages will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second receiving 9 points, and so on.
    • The race winner following the final stage will now receive 40 points, second place will receive 35, third place 34, fourth place 33, and so on.

    Whatever Liberty Media are cooking up for Formula One I hope they don’t share the same view that the more complicated something is the better it is because to me this looks like a mess.


    Nascar: Prehistoric cars, 24th century rules.

    As an aside, I’m sure I read once that F1 used to dish out prize money on a similar basis in the past. As the cars were more unreliable, they used to get prize money based on their positions and fastest laps at half distance as well as at the end of the race. It could have been something I read in Jackie Stewart’s book or something he said in an interview. I seem to remember him saying that Ken Tyrrell was a master at being able to work out how much money he would get from a race and would often ask JYS to push at odd stages of the race just to make sure he got that extra prize money.


    @GeeMac Yep that’s true, that was back when the tracks gave out individual prizes, some tracks did it that way.

    But this thing NASCAR have up with… there’s no other way to describe it, it’s truly F1-level over-engineering.


    Haha, at this point they could as well organize a lottery game after races to award points at random.
    The fact alone that the eventual champion always scores around 5 thousand points has always turned me off. I hate those cumbersomely high scores where half of the digits are redundant and only make it hard to get an intuitive outlook on the current championship situation.

    I reckon this to compensate for boring races, where the focus naturally has to shift onto discussing statistics and all sorts of numbers. And that is totally in the vain of baseball, where statistical analysis is the language of conversation and has created a unique culture common to all American sports.

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