New Points System in NASCAR 
They've really shaken things up in the world of NASCAR with an entirely new points system this year.

Basically, you get 1 point per position, so last place gets 1 point and 1st place gets 43 points.

Then there's 1 point for leading a lap, 1 point for leading the most laps, and 3 points for winning.

It's certainly easier to understand, but is it better? I honestly haven't a clue. I've got some thoughts on it, but really can't wrap my head around how it might play out enough to consider my opinions valid. I guess I'll comment about it again halfway through the season or so.

I'm actually more curious to see the effect this has on the cars around the top 35 bubble, since missing a race won't be nearly as big a points hit.

Some other interesting changes are that the qualifying order will be based on the practice speeds, which is cool.

The chase field will be the top 10 cars in points, and the next two will be those from 20th to 11th with the most race wins. Basically, that'll ensure entry for anyone who gets multiple wins but doesn't make the top 10. I suspect they'll fall back on points if you only have a handful of cars with 2 wins there, or some such thing. I like this rule.

So that's that. Only a few weeks now until Daytona! Woot!

Edit: I just read a blurb about this on Autoblog and they got it VERY wrong. They're not NASCAR fans there... but it's pretty amusing. According to them, you get a point for every "entire lap" led and that in order to prevent too many points, there's a 48 point limit. Funny stuff.

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NASCAR Streak to the Finish: The Mopps Final Standings 
Here's the final standings for The Mopps.



Rank Overall Name Longest Streak Bonus Total
1 690 Wild Weasel 6 460 4299
2 1860 Sunraven 3 260 3759
3 2299 ToyotaChick 6 380 3611
4 2676 brew-san 5 270 3487
5 3331 IloveSPEED 6 320 3284
6 3980 EvilAlf 8 370 3074
7 4100 toyotaguy72 6 330 3035
8 6631 drvnkd 3 70 1909
9 10848 MrsDRVNKD 2 20 511


Now it's worth noting that the Tilfords missed a number of picks througout the season... Chuck started late and missed the first 7 races... and Kelly pretty much gave up early on... so I'm really looking forward to seeing how everyone does next year, if you're still interested! :)



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Congratulations, Jimmie Johnson! 
Yesterday saw history being made by Jimmie Johnson... AGAIN.

There's just no telling what this guy is gonna accomplish! I think 7 championships for him is gonna end up looking easy. The only real question is whether he'll get them all in a row!

Some will argue that it's bad for the sport, but I think the way he won it this year, coming from behind in the last race, is actually great for the sport.

It would be bad if he was just walking away from the rest of the field, but as it stands, his defeat looks very attainable. Denny almost pulled it off, and you can bet he's just itching for another chance next year.

The drama made this the best chase yet, and I'm pretty sure this has been the best race at Homestead in years!

Congrats again, Jimmie! You just may be the greatest champion ever!


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Jeff vs. Jeff!!! 
Yesterday was by far the most entertaining race I've ever watched at Texas!

There was already drama in the battle for the lead in the Chase, which swapped hands a few times throughout the race and ended up with Denny Hamlin, but that was the least of the drama in the race!

There was Kyle Busch giving the finger to the officials, and then getting penalized for it and berated by his crew chief.

There was Jeff Burton wrecking Jeff Gordon under caution, and then Gordon storming after him, tossing him around a bit, getting him in a headlock, and finally being torn away by the officials.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

You then had Chad Knaus pulling the entire pit crew like an underperforming goalie, replacing them wholesale with Jeff Gordon's crew, who then went on to give Jimmie phenomenal stops for the rest of the race.

This race had a bit of everything and is certainly one for the ages!!

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South Park: Poor and Stupid 
I'm really kinda sad about the season premier of South Park.

As soon as I saw it had a NASCAR theme, I was really excited but after seeing it... well... it's as if they just totally mailed it in.

I have my doubts as to whether Trey and Matt actually had anything at all to do with it!

It seemed as if someone just said "Hey... we should do a NASCAR episode" and then they just had some interns do their best to come up with jokes to string together into an episode... and it just bombed.

It's too bad. I'm a huge NASCAR fan and a huge South Park fan. I was really hoping it would come together in hilarity. :(

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