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NASCAR Announces New Points System and Chase Changes for 2011

NASCAR CEO Brian France announced on Wednesday night that the sport will adopt a new points structure to chart the performance of drivers in all three of its national touring series. France also announced revisions for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the 10 race playoff implemented in 2004 to crown the series champion. At its core, the new points system will award 43 points to the driver finishing first and each position following will decrease one point in value. The 43rd and last place finisher will receive one point. Race winners will receive three bonus points for a win under the new structure, lap leaders will receive a one point bonus and the driver leading the most laps will gain one additional point. Considering a race winner must, by...

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