Drivers Offer Thoughts On Changes

While Tony Stewart was on hand at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Wednesday evening to offer his thoughts on NASCAR’s change to the points system and Chase eligibility, a number of other drivers also weighed in on the changes for 2011.

Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Toyota/owner MWR:
“As a race car driver I’ve known for a long time that if you finish 11th you’re going to get 60 more points than if you finish 30th. But I know that, and not very many other people know that. Now anyone can understand that if you finish 10th and someone else finishes 20th you’re only going to get 10 more points than him and so it will just make the fans more engaged.”

Kasey Kahne, No. 4 Red Bull Toyota:
“I like all of it. I think it’s kind of similar to what we have now. The only differences are — I think it’s a little easier for the fan. It’s easier for the fan in the grandstand to keep up with the points when things are close or to see where their favorite driver is in the points. I like it. Making the Chase — I think wins is a big part of the sport still. NASCAR has really kept that a big part of the points and a big part of the Chase, which is good.”

Martin Truex, Jr., No. 56 NAPA Toyota:
“I think the main goal is to make sure everyone understands the points system better. It will be easier to follow for the fans, the television announcers and anyone involved in the sport. The way it worked before, if you were watching or following a Chase race, they had to have a ticker on the screen to show the points because no one could figure it out. It was complicated. Depending on positions, there could be three points or five points separating positions.

The decision to change it was based on simplicity. I think it is a great thing. The fans can understand and if they are watching from the stands or on television, if their driver passes someone, they know how many points the pass is worth.”

Brian Vickers, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota:
“The difference is easy – the 43 to one points is explainable to anyone by a text and not a long email. It’s all nice — but when does Daytona start again? I’m ready to race!”

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