NASCAR Considering Overhaul to Chase -

Field could expand to 16 drivers, emphasis on winning races

NASCAR Considering Overhaul to Chase

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Charlotte, NC - The Chase may be changing. And winning could very well become much more important.

NASCAR is considering radical changes to the Chase playoff format, including a possible 16-driver field. That field would be whittled down to create a winner-take-all finale, in the season's final race.

The Charlotte Observer first reported Friday night a possible overhaul to the Chase format. 

According to the report, a field of 16 drivers would virtually guarantee that a regular season win would place a driver in the Chase.

Once into the Chase, the field would be cut after the third, sixth and ninth races. The planned cuts would drop the lowest four drivers from Chase contention after the third, sixth and ninth races.

This set up would leave four drivers eligible for a "winner-take-all" race in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR chairman Brian France first introduced the current Chase format in 2004 and has made periodic changes to it, several times since.

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