There was big news in NASCAR this week as they announced they are changing up the point system for this coming season. They have decided to make it much simpler and easier to understand. Now drivers will get 43 points if they finish 1st and decrease in one point increments until the 43rd place driver gets 1 point. Drivers also will receive one point for leading a lap, one point for leading the most laps, and three points for winning the race. Therefore, the most points a driver can win in one race is 48.
The hope with this new point system is that it will make drivers want to win races more than just be happy with collecting the points at their current place in the race. I hope this new point system is able to do that but I believe drivers should receive more than three points for winning a race.
It will be interesting to see what type of affect this has on the season and if this will affect driver’s strategies during races. This week we are looking at Joe Gibbs Racing, which will be celebrating it's 20th season as a team in 2011. They have three top drivers on their team which includes Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.