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NASCAR’s New Chase Structure: Why We Like It, and Who It Might Help in 2011

On Wednesday night, Brian France, NASCAR chairman, announced a slew of new changes coming to the sport this season. Many of the announcements made, had been rumored for the last few weeks, so nothing that was made official was too surprising. One of the changes that interested me the most was the announcement of the revamped Chase structure. As in past years, the top 10 in points after race number 26 of the season, will once again qualify for the Chase for the Championship The new wrinkle is that positions 11 and 12 in the Chase will now belong to the two drivers not ranked inside the top 10 that have the most wins. If there is a tie, the spots will obviously go to the two drivers ranked highest in the standings. The two "wild card" drivers...

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