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NASCAR and NHRA: Chase Playoff Analysis

You may not be a fan of the playoff systems used by NASCAR and NHRA, but it can't be argued with much validity that insurmountable point leads create drama. Look no further than the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, where drama is devoid because of a non-chase or playoff-absent points system. Todd Bodine has a commanding 216-point lead in NCWTS, and Brad Keselowksi has a crushing 485-point advantage in NNS. With only three races left, it's almost crowning time. NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup is a 10-race playoff system that was devised to create an exciting finish. A 10-race playoff for 12 finalists who are closely matched in points creates an elimination scheme that sorts out potential winners ...

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