NASCAR Or BORECAR: The Results Are The Same

Sam HeganCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2009

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 17:  (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates with his crew chief Chad Knaus and team owner Rick Hendrick after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 17, 2009 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

I have gotten so tired of the direction NASCAR is going that I have all but quit watching. I have tried to think to myself, what is the problem? Is it because Jimmie Johnson now dominates the chase as he has the last three years? Is it that NASCAR has gotten to be so boring that the other auto racing series are more fun to watch? Is it that silly season has truly started and no one knows what will happen next? In reality, I believe it is all of these questions that make NASCAR so hard to watch.

I have gotten so sick of hearing about how great Jimmie Johnson by the off screen talking heads that I have all but given up on the season. Every season since the beginning of the chase, I have disliked the way the chase is formatted. It does not take into consideration how the drivers got to that point. By eliminating three quarters of the season, it discounts early accomplishments and mid season slips can take a driver completely out of the chase mix.

Every year, one driver tends to dominate the early season only to be discarded at the end of the season. Yes, I am a Kyle Busch fan so don't laugh. This points to the fallacy of the way the points are awarded and how they are scored and how misguided the chase idea is. I present my ideas on how to make the points relevant again.

Wins should be given more points than are given today. There might need to be a cut off in points based on position. An idea would be to give points for the first 15 positions and zero points from 16 to 43. This would guarantee drivers that ran hard for ever race would get points. Mediocre mid pack drivers would not be given points for showing up.

Race wins should be almost double what 2nd place is. This would guarantee winners in the chase at the end of the year and not mid pack drivers that play for the points.

For example make winning the race 100 points, 2nd 50 points on down to 10th at 10 points. From 11th to 15th points would decreases from 5 points down to 1 point. Finish 16th to 42rd, you are out of the points altogether.

Points for leading a race and completing laps should be different as well. If a driver dominates the race by leading at different lengths, points would be given according to that length. Lead ¾ of the race and they automatically get 50 points, ½ of the laps would be awarded 25 points and ¼ of the laps would be awarded 15 points.

Everybody would receive 1 point per lap and these points would also add or subtract from the winnings at the end of the race. It would discourage start and park teams that take positions away from real racers that try to complete the race.

I know many NASCAR fans hate it when somebody brings up Formula 1 in the same sentence, but NASCAR could learn a few things about conducting points racing from them.

I absolutely hate the 35 rule, and believe that is a rule that should be abolished. There should also be points given for qualifying. This might bring a little bit of interest back to qualifying.

Also, the qualification in F1 far exceeds what NASCAR offers. I love the idea of having a time limit where everybody is on the track working to be in the group that moves up. For the NASCAR or no car crowd, it is like the twin 125 races at Daytona each season, only in overdrive.

NASCAR could say the fastest 20 cars move up to the 2nd qualifying round, then those cars fight to be the fastest 10. The final 10 would fight for the pole.

I would add another idea, how about giving points for the qualifying positions. Pole would get say 150 points, 2nd 125 points on down to 20th position for 10 points. Anything below 20th to 43rd gets 1 point.

Now there will be fans that will think I’m off my rocker. There is no doubt about that, but the fact NASCAR has gotten so boring and predictable shouldn’t be dismissed. My ideas are just that, ideas. You have another idea, then let us all hear them. I’m interested and I know there will be others interested as well.