Mark Martin Out of the Chase With Four Wins? Rule Change Needed

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJuly 12, 2009

JOLIET, IL - JULY 10:  Mark Martin (L), driver of the #5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet, talks with Juan Pablo Montoya (R), driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10, 2009 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It would be a shame if Mark Martin does not make the Chase, specially with four wins this season.

This just emphasizes as to how important it is to race consistently week in and week out.

Should a driver be in the Chase if he wins three or more races, regardless of where he is in the points?

They probably should. After all, racing is about winning, is it not?

If Mark Martin does not run consistently in the next month, he will not make the Chase even though he has the most wins on the Cup circuit.

That would be a shame.

A simple rule by NASCAR would prevent situations like this from happening.

Simply put, if you win the most races before the Chase and are not in the top 12, you’re the 13th participant. If there are ties, go to the best in the standings.

Let me clarify this a little:

Even if you have less wins than someone in the Chase, but you have more wins than anyone outside the Chase, that driver would be the 13th spot.

Good idea? Maybe not.

After winning Chicago, Martin sits 11th in the points. One bad race and he will drop like a rock as he did a few weeks ago. That would be a shame.

I hope he makes it. Martin is one of the best stories in a season that has been, to say the least, uneventful.

Enough said and thanks to my dear friends.