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.
During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.
The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.
The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.
Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.
IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.