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.