Nationwide Points Not for Full-Time Sprint Racers

The second racing series in NASCAR announced this week that starting this season, championship points would be awarded only to the drivers chasing the series championship, and not for those who, at the same time, were running a full Sprint Cup season.

This means that, prior to the start of the season, each driver would have to choose the championship he is running for, putting an end to years of chasing two, or at times three rabbits at the same time, and giving more drivers the chance to get their names on the champions board.

Things, however, will still not be easy for those racing in Nationwide. Even if full time Sprint racers won't get points in Nationwide, they can still win races and steal the points from Nationwide. In other words, should a Nationwide driver come in second, behind a Sprint driver (who, again, will get no points), the Nationwide driver will get the points and money that come with the second place.

"The race results would show the finishing position and the points for that finishing position would go to the car owner and not the driver," NASCAR President Mike Helton said at the end of last week.

A change in the way in which points are awarded in the Sprint Cup is also cooking in NASCAR offices. According to the president of the sanctioning body, a simpler, 43-to-1 (43 points for the top finisher, only one for the last) points system will be implemented this season in the top racing series in the US.
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