NASCAR AMERICA: Should NASCAR change Chase format at all? (VIDEO)


Despite NASCAR’s bid to add importance to winning in its latest version of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Ryan Newman still managed to make it all the way to the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway without a race victory.

Newman was one of the final drivers to make the Chase on points alone at the regular season finale in Richmond. But instead of being an early elimination, he kept being consistent enough to make all three cuts and put himself in position to win the title.

Considering the emphasis that NASCAR has put on wins in the new Chase, it could have led to a potential issue for the sport if Newman had been crowned champion without one – even if NASCAR Chairman Brian France did insist that he would be OK with that.

So, should France consider a minor tweak to the Chase to ensure that a winless champion could not emerge? Nate Ryan and Parker Kligerman had differing opinions on the subject in today’s NASCAR AMERICA Chase Spectacular, and you can hear them in the clip above.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.