The second race ever in NASCAR’s radically new Chase for the Championship format will take place Sept. 21 with the running of the Osram Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
And New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens is looking forward to the major changes to the system announced Thursday by NASCAR.
“In my opinion, this is one of the most significant changes in NASCAR history,” Gappen said in a release. “I love it. The ‘wow’ factor for our 10-race playoff format just went up tenfold.
“Through the years, we have seen other professional and college sports expand participation in their respective playoffs. It has been extremely popular with fans and has created some outstanding drama, excitement and storylines. Think about ‘March Madness,’ Game 7s and the NFC-AFC championship games that featured four teams and two great games to set the stage for this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“Competition is about winning. I hope I never hear a driver again say, ‘It was a good points day.’ This new format should eliminate that from everyone’s vocabulary.”