How to Fix the Sprint Cup Chase (for Real) – Pretend Wild Card Series Week 2

Last week I discussed using the PGA Tour as a way forward when understanding how to fix the Sprint Cup Chase.  So how would the scenario play after Chase Week 2?

As noted last week, in my framework the regular season decided the Top 16 spots plus any remaining winners.  These are the top 18 grid spots, but the season keeps going to figure out where these guys will end up at Miami.  To that end, the standings in the Top 18.

 

  1. Jeff Gordon (525)
  2. Brad Keselowski (511)
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr (492)
  4. Joey Logano (491)
  5. Kevin Harvick (475)
  6. Jimmie Johnson (443)
  7. Matt Kenseth (401)
  8. Kyle Larson (382)
  9. Kyle Busch (332)
  10. Denny Hamlin (310)
  11. Carl Edwards (308)
  12. Kasey Kahne (282)
  13. Clint Bowyer (272)
  14. Ryan Newman (264)
  15. Kurt Busch (261)
  16. Greg Biffle (244)
  17. Aric Almirola (196)
  18. AJ Allmendinger (154)

The (this year) chase for the wild card spots?

  1. Jamie McMurray (39)
  2. Martin Truex Jr (16)
  3. Austin Dillon (14)
  4. Brian Vickers (12)
  5. Paul Menard (6)
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr (4)
  7. Danica Patrick (4)

Anyway, I have no doubt this will not be implemented – and more ad hoc changes will come as TV ratings dwindle.  Fortunately, I don’t care.

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