NASCAR announces new Championship chase format

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Right now my initial reaction is “wow, they found a way to make this whole Chase thing even worse”.

After a couple minutes reflection, I’m not sure this worse than the previous 3 Chase formats. I mean, I still think the whole notion of a playoff in racing is stupid as hell, but this may not be worse than before, it may just be bad in a different way. Certainly it seems to encourage racing as a contact sport: