Let's face facts, folks.
As positive as Brian France and the current NASCAR braintrust want to be, the sport's in trouble. Things aren't going as well as they were 10 years ago, and that's not just because it's been almost a decade since we lost Dale Earnhardt.
It's because the sport has made a series of decisions that, while very reasonable and effective in the short term, somewhat mortgaged the future, banking on everything to remain at a similar upward rate of growth. And unfortunately, that future has come now—with fields at their lowest level of sponsored cars since 2002 or so, a leak in the development pipeline that sponsorship has not patched, and fans becoming less and less interested.
So we hear about the possibility of more radical rule changes, including the first points overhaul since the 1970s. That's about as crazy as the Chase for the Sprint Cup was when it was initiated in 2004. And even the Chase may not be spared—we've heard about points resets within the Chase as well, to "create as many Game 7 moments as possible." (Don't they understand that part of what makes Game 7s special is the fact that they can only come around so often?)
Look, I'm not saying that the people making the decisions in NASCAR are necessarily making bad ones —on the contrary, clearly they know what they're doing if they're up there. All I'm saying is that if they want the sport to remain successful, or reclaim its past audience, they need to listen to and win over the fans that got it there in the first place.
That includes me, and here's what I want to see.