The 2014 Chase “Splained”!

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

(WOMR file photo)

The new 2014 Chase is finally here, just what we’ve all been waiting for!

The Chase for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup, with a new elimination style format where there will be plenty of nail-biting excitement throughout the next 10 races, is upon us. So, let’s see — we’ve got our TV and favorite chair in the correct position, or tickets to the races; the pantry and our coolers are stocked with our favorite snacks and beverages, and social media is queued up with our favorite #MyChaseNation driver hashtag ready to send out to our friends to celebrate. Check!

What else could we need? Oh yeah, a quick explanation of how the new system works. Not that it’s a complicated deal, however, it’s just good to be prepared, and preparation leads to success. Without further ado, here is your quick guide to the new Chase format.

The Seeding

 

Each of the 16 drivers who qualifies for the Chase Grid starts with 2,000 points, plus three points for each win earned during the first 26 regular-season races. After the bonus points for wins are added, drivers are ranked in order of the reset points. See the updated standings.

 

The Rounds

 

Challenger Round: The 16 drivers will battle at Chicagoland SpeedwayNew Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Dover International Speedway for the 12 spots available in the next round (Contender). A win at any of the three races equals advancement into the next round. The rest of the field of 12 will be determined by order of points scored in the three races. After this round, each advancing driver will be reset to 3,000 points.

Contender Round: The 12 drivers will battle at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway for the eight spots available in the next round (Eliminator). A win at any of the three races equals advancement into the next round. The rest of the field of eight will be determined by order of points scored in the three races. After this round, each advancing driver will be reset to 4,000 points.

Eliminator Round: The 8 drivers will battle at Martinsville SpeedwayTexas Motor Speedwayand Phoenix International Raceway for the four spots available in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. A win at any of the three races equals advancement into the next round. The rest of the field of four will be determined by order of points scored in the three races. After this round, each advancing driver will be reset to 5,000 points.

 

Championship Round

 

The highest finisher among the four finalists at Homestead-Miami Speedway will win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

It’s that simple!

So now that you have it all “splained” in a manner that you can understand, it is time to get “your stuff” organized.  In anticipation of the first race in The Chase Sunday at Chicagoland, it is time to get your favorite beverages into the cooler, snacks from the grocery store, favorite recliner positioned accordingly, tune up the surround sound, and “let the big dog eat”!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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