Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More on why NASCAR's 2014 championship format stinks

These are Jeff Sagarin's ratings, how drivers are rated is pretty obvious.  The highlighted drivers below are the only ones eligible to win the championship on Sunday. Whoever finishes highest among those four will be the official champion. What's wrong with this picture?

                        RATING  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th  6-10 11-20 RACES  HI  LO
 1 Jeff Gordon           85.30    4   8   0   1   1     8     7    35   1  39
 2 Brad Keselowski       82.01    6   4   4   2   0     3     7    35   1  39 3 Joey Logano           81.32    5   0   2   7   3     5     8    35   1  40
 4 Kevin Harvick         77.29    4   6   1   1   1     6     9    35   1  42
 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr.    74.94    4   3   2   0   3     8     8    35   1  43
 6 Jimmie Johnson        68.45    4   1   3   2   2     7     4    35   1  42
 7 Matt Kenseth          67.92    0   2   4   5   2     8     7    35   2  42
 8 Kyle Larson           61.58    0   3   2   1   2    10    10    35   2  43
 9 Denny Hamlin          58.98    1   1   2   1   2    10     9    34   1  42
10 Carl Edwards          58.57    2   0   0   1   4     8    13    35   1  41

                        RATING  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th  6-10 11-20 RACES  HI  LO
11 Kyle Busch            58.22    1   3   3   1   1     6     9    35   1  42
12 Ryan Newman           56.86    0   0   2   0   2    10    17    35   3  41

If you said "Wow, I thought the new system was supposed to put an emphasis winning yet someone who hasn't even finished in the top 2 can be a champion!" then give yourself a "bingo!" This aspect has been totally ignored by the media. Newman got in over Jeff Gordon after intentionally wrecking Kyle Larson on the last lap of last week's race. This led to an awkward post-race interview in which Gordon tried to pretend the moral of the story is to race the right way "without wrecking people," which was obviously against the facts. The bottom two (Hamlin, Newman) combined have fewer top 5 finishes than several racers above them alone, including Gordon and Keselowski. 

Jimmie Johnson tweeted that he's pulling for Harvick, so I suppose I will also. 

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