NASCAR's wind of change

NASCAR's wind of change

Despite still being the leading series in America, NASCAR is trying to reinvent itself to return to its golden days. Diego Mejia analyses NASCAR's wind of change

Right before the 2010 season ended at Homestead last November with Jimmie Johnson's record-breaking fifth consecutive Sprint Cup title and despite a tight battle for NASCAR's top trophy between three drivers, NASCAR CEO Brian France spoke about a possible review of the championship format as the sport tries to find ways of stopping the decline of its TV ratings in the United States.

France mentioned at the time that he would like to consider tweaks that would allow the casual fan to understand easier how the champion is crowned, as every time you talk to a non-NASCAR fan about the Chase, the playoff format that determines the Sprint Cup series champion, the same questions come up: like why do 43 drivers compete in the races if only 12 are fighting for the title? Or what do those not in the Chase race for? Etcetera, etcetera.

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