September 23rd, 2014, 01:59
As I see it, this new format does not reward consistency. Win only one race, maybe it's a win because you were a 20th place car that just happened to be leading because all the front running cars were on pit road and a massive rain storm moves in and NASCAR ends the race... you win, you're in. That's Las Vegas luck is all that is. Now we are in the chase. Have a severe mechanical problem, maybe get taken out via a wreck involving others around you, not of your fault, but now you are out of the race and, as we saw with Denny Hamlin, you fall from 4th in the points chase to facing elimination next week. This new Chase format has brought interest, but I'm not seeing as how it rewards consistency, but is more of allowing the long shot odds to win.