Simpler Points System for the Sprint Cup
The goal of the soon to be announced system is said to be a simpler one. Currently, drivers are awarded 185 points for the win, with five points lost for every spot below that, down to the sixth place. From sixth to eleventh, there are four decreases while from eleventh to 43rd there are three point decreases. Additionally, five bonus points are awarded for both leading laps and leading the most laps and so on.
The new system envisioned by NASCAR would give 43 points to the winner, with one point decrease for every other position, down to the 43rd, who would receive only one point.
“The goal has been for several years to have a more simple points system. If you look at all motorsports and even other sports as well, at times it's complicated, and even for us, we have occasionally to go to the rulebook and look at what position got what points,” NASCAR President, Mike Helton, was quoted as saying by Autosport.
"The goal for some time has been to create a points system that is easy to understand, easy to explain, easy to be talked about but also be credible at the end of the season.”
NASCAR drivers appear to be backing the new points system, even if, for instance, current champion Jimmie Johnson believes that this is not necessarily the best way to get the desired attendance figures.