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.