An Alternative System for Comparing the Current Points System

I decided last year during the chase that I was going to keep track of points without the seeding emphasis (the bonus points that NASCAR awards for regular season wins). I also decided it might be fun to give the Chase drivers their own points system based on a comment on my last post here at the Racing In America Blog.  So after every race I break out my handy dandy calculator and I post just the points results weekly over on my blog, with no commentary - just the numbers. 

If you want to see the most recent points go here: "Points After Kansas "

For clarity in this post, I call the current NASCAR points system the "traditional" points system, the non-seeding system is the current NASCAR points system but without the bonus points for wins going into the start of the chase. Then there is the stand-alone chase system. 

Three races into the Chase, I have noticed a definite trend:

When comparing the three points systems (NASCAR's current standings, NASCAR points without the seeding, and the stand alone points system) the points LEADER is Jimmie Johnson in all three systems.  Also the same in all three points systems are the drivers in 10th, 11thand 12th position (those are, in order, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, and Clint Bowyer).   

The difference is in the order of the drivers from second to ninth place

It seems to me that the NASCAR points system without the seeding leans towards rewarding the drivers that have consistently better finishes DURING the chase. Case in point would be drivers Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon. Edwards, in the non seeding system, would currently be second in points with finishes of 11th, 5th and 6th in the last three races. Jeff Gordon would be a close third (only five points behind Edwards) with finishes of 6th, 11th and 5th in the last three races.  In the traditional NASCAR points system Carl Edwards is currently fourth in points and Jeff Gordon is fifth in points.

Conversely drivers who were hot going INTO the Chase but who have consistently poorer finishes during the chase would be further DOWN in the points standings then they are in the traditional system.  Examples here would be Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.  In the first three races of the chase Denny Hamlin has finished 2nd, 9th, and 12th and is currently second in points. He is only second in points, however because of the seeding he received because of his wins in the regular season.  In the non-seeding points system Denny would be fifth right now.  Currently Kyle Busch is 7th in the traditional points system with finishes of 9th, 6th, and 21st in the chase races up to this point.  However in the non-seeding system, Kyle would be 9th in points.

The results in the stand-alone system is more of a mixture of results.  Denny Hamlin, for instance would be in fourth in that system, which is higher than he is in the non-seeding system, but lower than he is in the traditional NASCAR points system. 

-Amy Marbach

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