To the untrained eye NASCAR seems like a pretty straight-forward sport. Tricked-out cars traveling at wickedly fast speeds and the first one to cross the finish line wins. Simple, right? Well, not quite that simple.
The sport has two point systems: one for individual driving championships and another for car manufacturers. Today NASCAR announced it has restructured its manufacturer points system to simplify it for the competitors and the industry, as well as fans.
The new points system – which applies to all three national series – mirrors the owner championship points structure. Points will be awarded to the single highest finisher for each car manufacturer in each championship event according to the finishing position awarded for each race.
NASCAR officials hope the modifications will have a big effect on the sport as a whole.
“We have always focused on intensifying the natural rivalries between our manufacturers – both on the race track and in the showroom,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development.
The new point structure will work like this: In a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, if a Toyota finishes in each of the top three positions and the winning Toyota leads the most laps, and a Chevrolet finishes in fourth position without leading a lap, Toyota will receive 48 points and Chevrolet will receive 40 points.
At the end of the season, if two or more manufacturers have the same number of points, the manufacturers’ championship will be awarded to the manufacturer with the greatest number of first-place finishes. If there is a tie in victories, the greatest number of second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. will break the tie. If a tie still remains, the manufacturer having the earliest win of the current season will win.
“We believe aligning the points system with the owner points will create better understanding for the entire industry,” Pemberton said, “and bolster interest and excitement with our fan base, which has shown intense manufacturer loyalty throughout the sport’s history.”
The point system will go into effect when NASCAR starts its season at Daytona in February.