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Bruton Smith thinks Chase could be scrapped

Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 4:09 pm
Posted By Pete Pistone

CONCORD, N.C. - Speedway Motorsports Inc. president Bruton Smith believes unless NASCAR's fortunes begin to improve the Chase for the Sprint Cup format could be ditched within a few years.

Speaking during this week's NASCAR Sprint Media Tour, Smith told reporters the sanctioning body may have to abandon the controversial championship system unless he sees more positive response.

"It started off as a good idea but maybe it's time to look for something," Smith said. "I know it's not as exciting for fans now as it was initially. I think it started off being very important, but I don't think it's as important as maybe we thought it would be."

Although three of Smith's SMI properties host Chase races - New Hampshire, Charlotte and Texas - Smith isn't sold on the title system being a selling point for ticket sales.

Smith thinks since ticket sale interest and television ratings don't spike for the Chase, it could soon become a thing of the past.

"We may be looking around here in another year or two and maybe we have done something differently and we no longer have the Chase," Smith said. "That's my thinking. In one or two more years, we'll find out. That's just my opinion."


Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:42 pm

Bruton Smith thinks Chase could be scrapped

You have to scrape this system. The chase was suppose to be a 10 race play-off of the 12 best drivers of that year. How can you have a play-off of the best when you don't have them racing on all types of NASCAR tracks. No road course, makes it a play-off for the driver who can turn left the best. The old system worked just fine. I mean the fact theses guy's drive this series means they are the best anyways. The chase might just as well be a race from L.A. to Miami and the driver to finish first wins the championship. The chase doesn't come down to the best of that year only to the one who can race the best at the last 10 tracks with the best luck during that period. I mean if all you have to do is hang back all year and finish each race., then NASCAR will get real boring. Give these drivers real reason to race every race as if it means something besides just a pay check. Make top 10's and 5's mean more. I'm sick of seeing drivers placing top 20's all year have a better shot at making chase then the drivers who DNF now and then because they are out to be the best by trying to win each week.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:01 am

Bruton Smith thinks Chase could be scrapped

I think what the first poster said has a lot of truth. NASCAR was originally about haveing consistancy throughout the whole year. Now, its about how well you do in 10 races only. Some tracks suit drivers better then others. This gives an unfair advantage to those who just seem to run better at the tracks in the chase. Jimmie isn't invincable but, he has an unfair advatage because the chase tracks suit him well. I also go back to my orignal statement. Jimmie wasn't the most consistant driver for the whole season which is why most NASCAR fans are turned off by the chase. He just happened to be better in the last 10. Why is NASCAR racing only 10 races to crown its champ. It makes the first 26 seem pretty irrelivant. I just feel NASCAR is trying to force a playoff atmosphere where thier really is none start playing a true playoff format where drivers are elimanted from the chase. That is more acceptable to me then the setup they have now. They would also need to mixup the playoff tracks. I think fans would be alot more interested in the Chase if that were to take place.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:10 pm

Bruton Smith thinks Chase could be scrapped

They're gonna have to scrap the chase. There's no way anyone will beat Jimmie Johnson with the current system.
He's too good at those last ten tracks.

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