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NASCAR’s Chase: Fixer-Upper or Just Demolish It?

It's not football or baseball, it's NASCAR. So why must there be a Chase or playoff format at the end of the season? The 36 race series was designed to allow the overall best finishing driver to win the series title. To finish well, a driver must perform optimally, supported by a consistently strong team and talented crew chief that communicates well with his driver. NASCAR began it's trek to find a way to put emphasis on winning races in 2000. In 2003, Matt Kenseth won the Winston Cup (Sprint Cup) title, though he won only one race during the season. Kenseth did have 25 top-10 finishes that year. In comparison, Ryan Newman won eight races, (22 percent) of the total races and finished sixth in the point standings. NASCAR added fiv...

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