Three Ways To Make NASCAR Even Better For The Future

Travis SmithAnalyst IIFebruary 7, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 06:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet, races Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, during the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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NASCAR is trying to make the sport go back to its roots like it was in 1979 where you had drivers fist fighting after the races and the sanctioning body stays out of the drivers issues and lets them settle things like grown men. Yes I do agree that the sport has really made some good moves over the off season to make the racing better in 2010 with the idea of the spoiler to relaxing the bump drafting rules like it use to be. NASCAR still has a lot to improve on and in my opinion there are three ways to make the sport better so here we go with the countdown and I want to hear you the fans input on these ideas.  

1.       Get rid of the top 35 rule

The top 35 rule was made in order to protect the top drivers when it comes to making the races but it has made some drivers go crazy because of the mass confusion that this rule has produced, if you need an example then watch the Duals Thursday because fans are clueless on how a driver can make a race and what not. This whole rule has been miserable for drivers that are trying to crack the top 35 because its looks like a black hole because once you fall out of the top 35, getting back in there is very tough. This rule needs to go look at the NHRA, they have no problem sending John Force or any of their top stars home if they aren’t fast enough to be in the event so NASCAR needs the same rule so we can see a more competitive race

2.       Let each race track only have one Sprint Cup Series race per year

The Sprint Cup Series has its schedule done each and every year by the track owners and certain groups that own the tracks all due to money. Well the money doesn’t always help out the sport because in the end it all about what the fans want. Half the freaking schedule is cookie cutter mile and a half tracks, that is too many especially when this sport is known for its diversity and unpredictable each and every week. Well if the sport wants to go back to its roots then try and include new tracks by only having each track have one cup race per season and make it 30 races a year. There are 30 tracks that deserve races each season I mean you can add some new tracks each and every season like Nashville and Kentucky also you can bring back some tracks that lost a race like Rockingham or maybe even North Wilkesboro.

3.       Change the Chase for the Cup rules

The Chase was suppose to be the next big deal after an amazing points battle in 2004 but ever since then, it seems that it has become the Jimmie Johnson show the last four years which has frustrated fans and other drivers alike. This Chase idea has gotten so much criticism and so much grief because of the lack of drama so here is an idea NASCAR; make it a knockout style instead. Look at other sports, they have knockout single elimination playoff system so why can’t NASCAR? Have the top 12 drivers make the chase and then when the chase starts with 10 races to go, have the lowest finishing chaser be eliminated after each race thus creating an awesome picture when it comes to the last race of the year. The last race of the year would have three guys fighting for the title and who ever finished the highest amongst those three drivers, would end up being the champion. Fans would be excited each and every race plus you would see an elimination after each chase race no matter what and it would give it a playoff atmosphere in the last 10 races.

These are my top three rule ideas so that it could make the racing even better, so I am wondering what you the fans would want to see. Please leave a comment and make you voice be heard no matter what you opinion is, there is no wrong answer.