Yesterday I heard and read a lot about giving the driver who ends the regular season as the leader something for his/her accomplishment. Brad Keselowski brought it up indicating he thought it would be a good idea to give a first round bye. Really? I don’t know about that, I don’t know about that at all.
Now, I understand that in other sports there is an incentive for teams to finish in the highest possible position while also making the playoffs. Often, in those sports that play in a series format teams with the higher seed get home field/court/ice advantage and play weaker teams when the rounds begin. So how does this compare to NASCAR? It doesn’t.
Please, please stop trying to make comparisons between NASCAR and other sports. They aren’t the same. Yes, I doubt that anyone would argue that the chase is not NASCAR’s version of playoffs. I love the chase and I think it has added, especially in its most resent format, a lot of much needed drama.
I think that the win and your in format has allowed some teams who win early to try things and experiment during the remainder of the regular season. I am not convinced that this is always the case. I am also not convinced that doing so is not at the team’s peril. Isn’t it better to continue to race hard and try to win than to mess around with set ups and such. I would argue that it is. I would also argue that most teams do just that, continue to race to win and not look to the chase.
So please, lets not mess with the chase by awarding the regular season finisher some unfair advantage because, and here is my big point. THEY DON’T NEED IT!! The driver who finishes the regular season first will be a favorite to go deep into the chase anyway because he/she will be the best car.
Lets all just love our sport for what it is and how great the racing is and not try to make it something it isn’t.