NASCAR: How Designing Two Divisions Could Work In Sprint Cup

David ScercyCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet, races Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, and Mark Martin, driver of the #5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

One of the saddest things about NASCAR races compared to other big league sports is when you see a team load up on a Friday afternoon after pouring their heart and muscle into a race, only to miss the field by one-hundreds of a second.

Sadly, this happens every single week in NASCAR, especially the Sprint Cup Division. Something about it doesn’t seem right. While Jack Roush takes up five spots in the sport, sometimes a single car operation is left out to dry.

In the sport we have grown to love, we have learned to respect the car owners, teams, and overall technology it takes to compete at this level of racing. In a fair sense, we as fans, pretty much know the 10 or so teams that will have a chance to win a race any given Sunday, no matter what track the sport is racing at.

Take this into consideration, a new format for the Sprint Cup Division. Of course this isn’t the first time this subject has been debated. But this is the debut of my new concept, and how I believe it could work in the Sprint Cup Series, and work well for everybody.

My concept involves splitting the overall series into two divisions. Each series will have a maximum of 34 teams, allowing up to 64 full-time entries into the sport, every week.

On race days there will be three races. Race “heat” No. 1 will be division one, a 200-mile race. The top 15 will advance to meet up in the “Finale.”

Race heat No. 2 will be the second division, a 200-mile race also where the top 15 make the finale to square off against the top 15 of Division 1.

The finale race will be a 100-mile race and the winner of the finale will be declared the overall winner of that given Sunday.

Every week, whoever shows up at the track will not load up without racing.

This format will allow fans to experience three sprint races, as opposed to one long race.

There will be more room for sponsors; more races can carry the sponsors, with three winning drivers and teams every week. For the heat races, the winners would get bonus’ on points, and pit selection into the finale.

It is time for NASCAR to explore the many ways to allow owners a chance to compete in this sport. The new format will in my own personal opinion realistically improve the Sprint Cup Series.

Don’t get me wrong, I am an old school NASCAR guy and love the days of Tim Richmond, Ernie Irvan, Davey Allison, Harry Gant, and of course Dale Earnhardt.

But there is not much argument that the sport is vastly different today than it was even 10 years ago. And there is always room for improvement, even if the France family doesn’t think so.