NASCAR Sprint Cup: 11 Ways to Make the Chase Better for 2012

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: 11 Ways to Make the Chase Better for 2012
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The 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup was everything, and more, that NASCAR officials ever dreamed when they made the initial switch to a playoff format to determine a champion in 2004.

Much maligned, the Chase format truly delivered in 2011. It truly saw the emphasis on winning, so desired by fans, mean a great deal when the last checkered had waved.

Still, it could use a few tweaks to inject even more drama and intrigue into the final product.

It certainly does not need many alterations, as 2011 proved that a truly exciting tournament could proceed under the current formula.

However, nothing is perfect. Here are a few wrinkles that could make the Chase even more exciting.

As a caveat, it would be ridiculous to inculcate all of these ideas simultaneously. Rather, the adoption of one or two of these stipulations could, and would, make the Chase format a more interesting system.

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