I really like the Chase format! I like that the field is reset after the first 26 races of the season and that drivers are eliminated as the chase progresses and the last race of the season really means something. There is only one thing I don’t like about the chase. I don’t like that one win automatically locks a driver in. We will never, ever under see more than 16 different winners a year.
Why don’t I like it? Because it hurts the racing as the season goes on. Let’s be honest, after a team wins a race, especially when it happens early in the season, they start working on things for the chase and while they would like to win another race or two it simply isn’t as important as being ready for the playoffs. We need to find a way to make sure the teams continue to race for wins and not just to get ready for the playoffs.
Here is my solution. Let’s make it Three wins and your automatically in the chase and then fill the remainder of the sports, as we do now by points. Doing this will help both by teams needing to continue to do as well as possible. Three wins is a lofty goal, rarely met, and that fact will increase the emphasis on points. It will make it both harder to get in on wins and points.
Will we still have the same teams/drivers in the chase? Sure we will but at least it will provide better racing during the first 26 in order to get there.
Just a thought.