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Analyzing NASCAR’s New Chase Format: What Does It Mean for the 2011 Chase?

After the 2010 NASCAR season, there existed a rift between the fans and the sport. Fans wondered, "how can a driver with mostly consistent finishes make the chase in the top 12 while a driver with a win or two who drives a bit more inconsistently misses out?"  NASCAR's solution? The "Wild Card" format. As everybody knows by now, the top ten drivers in the point standings are locked into the chase after the first 26 races. However, instead of locking in the drivers who rank 11th and 12th in points, NASCAR introduced the concept that "drivers between 11-20th in points with the most wins would make the chase. If one or both spots are not occupied by drivers with a win, the driver with the highest points total would advance." This method a...

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