NASCAR announces radical changes in Chase for the Sprint Cup

NASCAR's New Chase Grid unveiled Thursday. (NASCAR)

NASCAR’s New Chase Grid unveiled Thursday. (NASCAR)

NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup will look as radically different in 2014 as its qualifying format will. NASCAR announced Thursday that the will use a new championship format in its top tier Sprint Cup series that will put greater emphasis on winning races all season long. It expands the current Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to 16 drivers, and implements a new round-by-round advancement format that ultimately will crown a single Cup champion.

“We have arrived at a format that makes every race matter even more, diminishes points racing, puts a premium on winning races and concludes with a best-of-the-best, first-to-the-finish line showdown race – all of which is exactly what fans want,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO during the final stop on the Sprint Cup media tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We have looked at a number of concepts for the last three years through fan research, models and simulations, and also maintained extensive dialogue with our drivers, teams and partners. The new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be thrilling, easy to understand and help drive our sport’s competition to a whole new level.”

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