Also-Rans Need to Leave NASCAR Stretch Run

Rodd CaytonCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2009

Do you ever find yourself asking, "What's the point?"

If you're watching the Nov. 22 NASCAR race at Homestead, Fla., you ought to have that thought.

NASCAR bills the Chase for the Cup as its' "playoffs."

One problem—the field is crowded with also-rans, who have no chance of winning the title.

To keep a full field during the final 10 races would be like the NFL having a Bucs-Eagles playoff game, after a contest between 5-11 Green Bay and 2-14 Seattle.

I say NASCAR should follow the lead of other sports, and send non-qualifiers home early.

It'd be a lot more interesting with only 12 cars on the track.

NASCAR should consider increasing the Chase field to 24 cars, and eliminate one or two per race, so the top 10 are at Homestead.

Sponsors of the losers would hate it, but for the finalists, that'd be a very pretty investment.

It'd be easier for fans to keep track of what's going on.

See some of y'all at Homestead in 2010!