A Points Update and The Off-Season Plan For TNI

As promised here is an update of the points under the old points system. If you didn’t catch it, I wrote a post the other day about it.

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson, 5156
2. #24-Jeff Gordon, 5090, -66
3. #14-Tony Stewart, 5085, -71
4. #11-Denny Hamlin, 4806, -350
5. #5-Mark Martin, 4762, -394
6. #2-Kurt Busch, 4758, -398
7. #16-Greg Biffle, 4541, -615
8. #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 4503, -653
9. #18-Kyle Busch, 4457, -699
10. #39-Ryan Newman, 4447, -709
11. #99-Carl Edwards, 4398, -758
12. #17-Matt Kenseth, 4389, -767
13. #9-Kasey Kahne, 4388, -768
14. #33-Clint Bowyer, 4359, -797
15. #00-David Reutimann, 4221, -935
16. #83-Brian Vickers, 4122, -1034

No surprises here. As with the Chase points, Jimmie led into the finale at Homestead and only strengthened his lead. His nearest competitor going into Homestead under the old points system was Tony Stewart and do to his and Montoya’s on track antics, he didn’t finish very well.

As with last week, Mark Martin (finished 2nd) and Brian Vickers (finished 12th) were helped the most by the chase; Tony Stewart (finished 6th) and Kyle Busch (finished 13th) were hurt the most.

Again though all in all the Chase didn’t change who won and didn’t have too much effect on where everyone finished (if everything had turned out the same); the cream always rises to the top.

While I understand this post is completely hypothetical, I think it’s interesting to look at how things would shake out. Ultimately what we find year in and year out is things don’t really change that much.

It creates some excitement toward the end of the season and lets us play the what-if game, but in the end what happens here probably would have happened there.

Our Off-Season Plans

Well, a couple hundred posts and a ton of different stories, we find ourselves at the end of another season. After some discussion TC and I decided we are going to cut back posting in the off-season to three days per week plus a Saturday links post. Never fear though we’re still going to be doing Ask The Insiders Wednesday, so keep sending questions!

Of course if anything comes up on one of our off days, any news or rumors, we’ll jump on and bring it to you.

As for the rest of this week, we’ll be closed for business (well maybe not closed, we just won’t be posting).

I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll see you back here with a new post Monday, November 30.

Oh and before I go, TC and I both want to thank everyone for coming to the site and engaging us and each other. It’s because of you that we enjoy doing this everyday.

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13 Responses to “A Points Update and The Off-Season Plan For TNI”

  1. Doug in CA says:

    You guys enjoy all the various holidays. I discovered this site only a few months ago and now visit it at least twice a day. Many thanks for all your work.

  2. Rick says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.Enjoy.Congrats to Jimmie,Chad and the 48 team!Best of luck in 2010.

  3. ella says:

    You both are awesome. Thanks for all of the posts. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

  4. Kevin says:

    Thanks are truly due to both of you Journo and TC! I’ve enjoyed every post and appreciate your unique insights. Cheers! – Kevin Y., CLT, USA

  5. Ross says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  6. Simmy says:

    Enjoy your time off guys. Thanks for all you do here!

  7. Neon says:

    Points are points and the point is The NASCAR Insiders rules. TC & Journo…thanks for a great site and 2009 season!

  8. Christopher says:

    I like the idea of the Chase, but I think it does need a bit more tweaking to make it more like a real playoff.

    First of all, the 12 chasers should be scored separately each race: 1st through 12th place. Big bonus for actually winning the race, but beyond that… whereever they finish relative to each other.

    Secondly the re-set of points should take into account top 5′s as well as wins. Wins 10 points, top 5′s… maybe 5 points?

  9. JT says:

    You guys have a great holiday!

  10. Garry says:

    Happy Holidays to all.
    Here is wishing you all a big, fat, happy tummy Turkey day…. goobles goobles…

  11. Jeff in SoCal says:

    happy holidays guys thanks for a great season of nascar insight!

  12. Ric says:

    Thanks for all the work you do!!! Enjoy the holidays and your time off, I hope you finally get some!!!

  13. Doug in CA says:

    Christopher, did you read that Johnson, in 60 chase races, has 55 top tens? That is one of the most astounding stats I have read in months!

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