Ok- so I slacked slightly in posting the points after the Phoenix race (as in I didn’t post em at all) and now poof the season is over.
So first I am going to give you my analysis of the three different points systems then I will give you the numbers if you are interested (after the jump).
I kept track of the NASCAR traditional points system, a Hybrid system that was basically the same NASCAR points structure with NO SEEDING (all 12 chase drivers start at 0), and what I call the BadGroove Cup- a completely stand alone system that had the drivers starting at 0 and had a completely separate points structure.
In all three systems, Jimmie Johnson is your winner. So that didn’t really make a difference- I guess if you are good you are good. The Hybrid system made a difference in the top three in that Harvick would have overtook Hamlin for second. Last place in all three systems was Jeff Burton- so again no difference was made. Really the only difference was in the in-between drivers that were not in the top three but not last. For instance in the end Stewart finishes as high as 7th in the standings and as low as 11th (Hybrid-no seeding). Greg Biffle finished as high as 5th (BadGroove cup) and as low as 7th (Hybrid-no seeding). Jeff Gordon finished as high as 8th (Hybrid-no seeding) and as low as 10th (BadGroove Cup). So the big winner would have remained Jimmie Johnson on all three systems and the big loser would have remained Jeff Burton in all three systems. Overall the Hybrid system and the BadGroove Cup system rewarded overall consistency in the last 10 races.
I now present to you the results for the last two races (Phoenix and Homestead) in just the raw numbers: (more…)