The announcement of a change to the distribution of points across NASCAR national series sparked debate among even the most conservative NASCAR fans. One of the explanations behind the change was to develop a more dramatic points battle to increase fan interest.
[media-credit name=”Barry Albert” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]A debate arose over the fact that a quick calculation would show that very little, if anything, would change in the final championship standings. In fact, even among the more common point distributions across all major racing series, by the end of the season there did not appear to be much of a difference in the order of the final standings.
Here, I shall contend that debate with weekly comparisons across the three most commonly mentioned distributions, plus my own personal points schedule designed to reward both race winners and consistent high finishes.
Classic Points System – Standings After Race 4
By virtue of another strong finish, Carl Edwards would take the top spot under the classic system from Tony Stewart. Kurt Busch would be hot on his heels just 23 points, while there would be a three way tie for third between Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.
Notable changes in position compared to current system: None really… as we move forward in the season it is becoming apparent that there is little, if any difference, between the two point distributions.
F1 System – Standings After Race 4
Carl Edwards would have a commanding 14 point lead over the younger Busch brother. Jimmie Johnson would be third, 31 points back and more than a full race behind Edwards. Jeff Gordon and Trevor Bayne would round out the top five, each driver only scoring points in their respective victories.
Drivers without points: Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, Joey Logano
Notable changes in position compared to current system: Jeff Gordon (+15), David Gilliand (+11), Kevin Harvick (+5), Ryan Newman (-5), Paul Menard (-7), Kurt Busch (-7)
IndyCar System – Standings After Race 4
Once again, Carl Edwards maintains a lead over Kyle Busch in the standings, this time by 18 points. Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart close the top five as all driver are within a race points of the lead.
Notable changes in position compared to current system: Kevin Harvick (+5), Jimmie Johnson (+3), Paul Menard (-4), Dale Earnhardt Jr (-5), Mark Martin (-8)
Phat’s System – Standings After Race 4
For an explanation of the points distribution, please see consult table below standings. This distribution is designed to reward race winners, while also rewarding those who run well every week.
Edwards sweeps all four standings for the week, again over Kyle Busch, with a 104 point advantage. Again, the top five is littered with the same drivers as Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman round the spots in the standings.
Notable changes in position compared to current system: Jeff Gordon (+13), Bobby Labonte (-3), Mark Martin (-4), Martin Truex, Jr. (-9)