Friday, October 2, 2009

Formula 1 Points System in NASCAR: Tony Stewart would lead Mark Martin by 2 points

Could we simply replace the entire points system (and the Chase too) by simply instituting the F1 points system in NASCAR

Right now the current points system is setup to punish drivers for bad finishes. It is not setup to reward drivers for good finishes. That is the fundamental problem here.

Click on the table for a larger version. This is updated through the Dover race.

It also has such a wide disparity that somebody like Tony Stewart can build up a huge lead on the rest of the field. And the only way to catch up to him is to hope he crashes out, rather than trying to hope your own driver runs well enough to beat him.

The F1 system is based on rewarding good finishes. Only score the Top 8, and forget about the rest.

I know that NASCAR has 43-car fields, so only scoring the Top 8 is a bit extreme. But it's an interesting example to use here.

We find that Mark Martin would be in the thick of the title race, without needing any Chase-reset. It would show Kyle Busch up there as well. And we'd see Chase drivers like Greg Biffle and Brian Vickers outside the top 12 on these standings.

Here's the point. If Martin and Stewart are basically tied here, based on their top-8 finishes, but the NASCAR system has them over 400 points apart (not Chase Adjusted), then doesn't that just show that the current NASCAR system is just more interested in punish bad finishes rather than rewarding good ones?

Do we really want our champion to be the guy who was "least bad on his bad days" or the guy who was "the absolute best on his good days"?

No chase-format or two extra drivers or bonus points for wins is going to fix any of that. As long as the current system of awarding positions 1-43 points stays the same, people will still keep complaining that the champion isn't a true reflection for the best car. I'm not saying we should use the F1 system, I'm just saying we should use it as a comparison to what we have, and see which one "makes more sense" from a normal person's point of view.

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