Wednesday, November 05, 2014

France Says NASCAR "Fine" With WInless Champion

Despite a 2014 Chase format that puts more emphasis than ever on winning, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said yesterday that the sanctioning body will have no problem with a champion who fails to win a race.

Since NASCAR’s founding in 1949, no premier-series driver has claimed the championship without at least once race win. But two of the surviving eight Chase drivers -- Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman – are currently winless, just one race away from potentially racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“We’d be fine (with a winless champion),’’ said France Tuesday on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s Sirius XM Speedway. “That could happen in any format that we have. Pick any format that we’ve had in the past or may try in the future, (and) we may be in that situation. You can have teams in other sports with losing records in the regular season win the Super Bowl or the World Series. That happens. To some people it doesn’t feel right, (but) it’s a balanced format, and that’s exactly the way it should be.

“Points matter a lot,” said France. “They mattered coming out of Talladega. They mattered in the first segment and they’re certainly going to matter on Sunday."

France said the sanctioning body put plenty of thought into the new format, settling on a system that rewarded both wins and consistency.

“We thought it was too much about points racing and wins should mean more. I think we’ve struck the right balance. We like what we see, and it’s elevating the racing. That’s our No. 1 goal.’’







  1. allisong11:49 AM

    I'm fine with a winless champ too, because that was always possible under the pre-Chase system. What I'm not fine with, though, are the, not 1, not 2 or 3, but FOUR point resets that are making a winless champ more and more of a possibility under this system.

    I've always maintained that the point resets punished the successful and rewarded the mediocre to an undeserved degree. One DNF in a 3 race "round" is equivalent to 12 DNF's in a full season (33%).

    1. Anonymous2:15 PM

      Participation ribbons all around!