2014 NASCAR Alternative Rankings – After Race 16

No, I don’t care about NASCAR.  But the attempts to make the end of the season more compelling amuses me.  Also, I was curious about their points system, which gives a point for 43rd place (starting the engine and driving the car all the way), up to 47 points for first place.  This ended up creating a really minor incentive to win, and with the thrilling celebrations at victory lane, it means the victories were celebrated much more than the actual impact of the win.

NASCAR tried tweaking things yet again … yet this seems to not incentivizing finishing well – while also being very hard to follow.  So, I am experimenting with a system more akin to how open wheel circuits run.  The winner gets 40 points, 2nd place 33, 3rd place 28, then 25 and 22 for the remainder of the Top 5.  20-18-16-14-12 for places 6 thru 10 respectively then one point less for each position down to 1 point for 20th place.  A simple bonus of 4 points is awarded to the driver who led the most laps (and if there is a tie, both drivers get the bonus)  This creates that huge incentive for winning (33% higher than 2nd place if you dominate the race too) while still giving value for strong results.  Using this after Sonoma:

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr (322 pts, 2 wins)
  2. Jeff Gordon (317, 1)
  3. Jimmie Johnson (313, 3)
  4. Kevin Harvick (261, 2)
  5. Brad Keselowski (260, 1)
  6. Joey Logano (239, 2)
  7. Matt Kenseth (238, 0)
  8. Carl Edwards (223, 2)
  9. Kyle Busch (187, 1)
  10. Paul Menard (167, 0)
  11. Denny Hamlin (166, 1)
  12. Kyle Larson (165, 0)
  13. Kasey Kahne (154, 0)
  14. Clint Bowyer (149, 0)
  15. Greg Biffle (142, 0)
  16. Brian Vickers (140, 0)
  17. Jamie McMurray (138, 0)
  18. Ryan Newman (129, 0)
  19. Tony Stewart (129, 0)
  20. Kurt Busch (116, 1)
  21. Aric Almirola (106, 0)
  22. Marcos Ambrose (81, 0)
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