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NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Time to Change the Chase Format?

In July, NASCAR CEO, Brian France, hinted that changes to the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship could be in the offing. Since then, speculation, suggestions and complaints have been plentiful wherever NASCAR is discussed. Faced with declining attendance at races and falling television ratings, France voiced a desire to inject more drama into the 10-race Chase to reignite fan enthusiasm. "If we have the perfect Chase that we would love to see, it would be just like every commissioner would tell you," he said. "They'd like to see great playoff events ... action-packed, close games, great story lines. That's what anybody's after. We're no different." So the short answer is, yes, changes to the Chase are important for the future of the s...

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