But when I say ?track? championship, I mean different types of tracks like plate races, intermediates and short tracks grouped into their own championships like Indycar has done with its oval and road course championships.
My idea would be to separate it into 4 groups, each it?s own championship that would award $1 million to the champion and money to the top 5 in each. Here?s how the groups would look:
The 2.5 mile superspeedway tracks, including Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Indy which represent 7 races on the schedule. The 4 plate races would represent the majority, but Pocono and Indy would throw in a wrinkle and would give quality drivers and teams with bad luck at the plate tracks a chance.
The 1.3-2.0 mile intermediate tracks, including Fontana, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Texas, Darlington, Charlotte, Michigan, Chicagoland, Kansas and Homestead which represent 15 races. It?s the most significant one in terms of the number of races, which shouldn?t surprise anyone. But Darlington changes things up a bit. This one probably tests the quality of the teams rather than the quality of the drivers.
The 0.5-1 mile short tracks, including Bristol, Martinsville, Phoenix, Richmond, Dover and Loudon which represent 12 races. The 1 mile and short tracks could be their own championships, but grouping them together makes it so the intermediate championship isn?t THAT significant. It has the best variety of tracks which will be a test for the drivers.
And then the road course championship. Unfortunately that?s just 2 races: Infineon and Watkins Glen. Not enough that you could think of awarding a million bucks to whoever does the best in only two races. My solution would be to make it a 3 race championship: The two Cup races, and one of the Nationwide road course races (Road America, Montreal and Watkins Glen). The two Cup races would have to count, while the 3rd would be a driver?s best result between the 3 Nationwide road course races. With NASCAR pulling double duty at the Glen with Cup and NNS, it?s easy enough for anyone to make the 3 starts but those who run the other NNS road course races get the advantage of having extra chances to improve their NNS result.
Based on 2010 so far, here?s how these track championships would look right now:
Short track championship:
1. Kyle Busch 1427
2. Jeff Gordon 1357
3. Ryan Newman 1340
4. Jimmie Johnson 1278
5. Denny Hamlin 1243
1. Kurt Busch 1381
2. Matt Kenseth 1377
3. Tony Stewart 1350
4. Jimmie Johnson 1349
5. Kevin Harvick 134