‘Win Baby!’ – NASCAR Finally Gets It Right
By Fred Zermeno
Los Angeles, CA – (EGPNews.com) After years of struggle, changes, and heated discussions over its points system, it looks as if NASCAR finally has a formula that works for both fans and drivers.
Under the new system, victories will mean more now than ever. In the past, it was always about points. The top twelve drivers with the most points got into the playoffs. Now it’s the top twelve drivers, but combined with the most wins as well. The top ten drivers are automatically in the playoffs but victories help position them in the standings when the playoffs start.
This is huge; it’s like watching a whole new league. NASCAR drivers now gun for victories, race after race, week after week, rather than settling for a comfortable spot somewhere in the top 10. Fans should be jumping for joy. I have been following NASCAR for over 20 years now and it has me excited that I joined a NASCAR fantasy racing league for the first time.
Excitement continues to mount this weekend, with NASCAR drivers like Kyle Busch vying for the 12th and final spot in the 2012 championship race. Busch couldn’t be more pumped. “Win baby! It’s all about victories now, especially for the teams competing for the wild card spots,” he said of the weeks ahead. “I have to get a victory in order to secure a wild card spot. You can’t just get in anymore on top 5 finishes.”
Competition has been stiff. Carl Edwards got bumped out of the 12th spot this past Sunday and Ryan Newman lost a couple of spots, moving Busch up to make a play for the championship race. Kasey Kahne holds the 11th spot with two wins and 751 points for the season. Jeff Gordon holding that 13th place in the standings at 734 points has a victory as well.
Five time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is currently in fourth place in the standings with three wins and comes in with 848 points and looking to add to his hardware as he makes a run at another championship. Other notables in the top ten include Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. Racing continues this weekend on the 3 quarter mile track where anything can happen. It’s a fast racetrack with average speeds of 110 miles per hour. Watch for Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch who desperately need to win compete for the final wildcard spot.Print This Post
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