And The Chase Is On

So the official announcement was pretty much what we already knew, the game was changing. We knew this was coming, we just were not sure of the details.

The fans of NASCAR have been looking at empty seats in usually sold out races. Fans have complained how boring the races have been, some giving up the sport completely. We yelled at our television screens begging for something to change, thinking no one was listening, no so called “higher-ups” could see what we saw, that the sport we love was losing it’s magic.

The fans have been begging for this, and now that it’s here so many are already hating it. Although it seems a little hard to understand and the verdict will be out for a while on all the elimination rounds, but the concept of the final four is intriguing. The winner takes all will make the end of the season exciting but with the points not counting as much, the question remains, what happens mid season?

NASCAR heard us and is trying to make it more competitive, let’s not jump the gun on the hater bandwagon just yet. Granted this new Chase format probably will have flaws, but so did the existing Chase as well as the old points system prior to the Chase. Nothing will ever be perfect, but it can be made better.

The biggest thing for NASCAR is to be consistent with the rules. They shouldn’t penalize a driver for speaking their mind and then not do it for others. They need to crack down on the penalties so that drivers know it’s going to hurt if you commit an infraction.

In closing I think NASCAR is trying to change with the times and we should all give it a chance before we hate it. It’s understandable that we all hate change, but NASCAR has realized what they had was not working. This may not work as well as they think but we will not know until the end of the year after seeing how it all plays out. We are NASCAR fans and we are strong in opinions, let’s give it a chance. Who knows, it could be just what NASCAR needs to bring back lost fans and viewers. If it brings back excitement then it can’t be all bad.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Michelle Lippold
Michelle Lippold
I've grown up watching racing of some sort from midgets to Stock Cars since I was a child. I run the FB page Everything NASCAR but really want to explore my love of writing and racing together. I love both things so I decided to try combining them.


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