No major changes for NASCAR’s Chase for 2015

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jeff Gordon (L), driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, talks to Brian France, CEO of NASCAR, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jeff Gordon (L), driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, talks to Brian France, CEO of NASCAR, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 17: Jeff Gordon (L), driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, talks to Brian France, CEO of NASCAR, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Wednesday that there will be no major changes to the way the NASCAR Sprint Cup series determines its champion in 2015. NASCAR adopted a radically different format for its season ending playoff system in 2014. The new format replaced the original Chase playoff which went into effect in 2004 and was tweaked slightly through the years; including adding wild card spots.

The new format expanded the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to 16 drivers, and implemented a new round-by-round advancement format that crowned a single Cup champion. Kevin Harvick won this year’s Chase by one point over second place finisher Ryan Newman in the final race at Homestead. Speaking on SiriusXM NASCAR radio Wednesday, France said he excepts no major changes to the format in 2014.

“No, I don’t. We’re obviously pleased with everything,” France said. MORE>>>

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