NASCAR this season will significantly change the way it determines the champion of its Nextel Cup series, marking the first major change to its points system since 1975. Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president of corportate communications, confirmed Thursday several changes to the current system. Among them:
• Every race winner in each of the three national series - Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck - will receive a points bonus for a race win.
• The Cup series will adopt a version of a "playoff format" - first discussed at the end of last season - that will encompass the final 10 races of the season. That system will be used to determine the series champion.
• NASCAR will continue with its current policy of not awarding any points in any of its series for qualifying.
• In order to accommodate any potential injuries to drivers who may be fighting for a championship, NASCAR will continue to award both car owner and driver points, allowing for the possibility of split championships.
• NASCAR is considering increasing the minimum speed requirements to reduce the number of damaged vehicles that remain in races after accidents.
The final details remain to be decided, but the entire plan should be ready for a formal announcement within two weeks, likely during the Charlotte media tour, Hunter said
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