I was looking over the series' points for Truck, Nationwide, and Cup and got to wondering about the new points system My question "Is it working?"
Here are a few things that stand out for me:
Cup - 10 drivers are currently within 100 points of first place Carl Edwards. The top 31 drivers have run all 20 races this season. 5 drivers have run in 10 or more race and acumilated 0 point having declared in another series, one of these drivers (Joe Nemecheck) has run all 20 Cup races. The highest rookie is Andy Lally in 33rd with 17 starts.
Trucks - 12 drivers are within 100 points of first place Johnny Sauter. The top 18 drivers have run all 13 races. No driver has run all 13 races and acumilated 0 points having declared in another series. The highest rookie is Cole Whitt in 5th with 13 starts.
Nationwide - 5 drivers are within 100 points of first place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The top 10 drivers have run all 21 races. Trevor Bayne is 11th in points after 16 races, 248 points out of first palce, and 73 behind 10th. Banye is higher in points then 5 drivers who have run all 21 races. Carl Edwards and Brad K. have run 20 out of 21 races and acumilated 0 points. The highest rookie is Timmy Hill in 17th with 20 starts.
Danica is 27th in points 562 out of first with 6 starts. Spin-out Sam Hornish is the only driver with less than 10 starts ahead of her in 25th. She is also ahead of 7 other drivers with more then 10 starts.
I know there is still a lot of racing until the end of the season, and the Chase will ultimately determine the Cup champion, but do you see the new points system as working or is it too soon to tell? Is this a valid observation at this point in the season or just the inate ramblings of a madman....again?