Five years into the 10-race, 12-driver Chase for the Championship, two-time defending series champion
But in keeping with the spirit of NASCAR's interminable need to tweak, and the landmark presidential election of Tuesday night, here's a suggestion for a new way to determine the Sprint Cup champion, at least every four years. The series has certainly employed almost as odd methods to award points in the past.
The NASCAR Electoral College: Drivers who win a Sprint Cup race in a given state are eligible to carry that state's electoral votes, which are applied to their point total if they win the state. Because multiple races are held in 14 of 19 states NASCAR's top series visits, the state is awarded to a driver with the most wins there in a season, and ties are otherwise broken by leading the most laps in victory. Drivers missed out on the electoral powerhouse of Ohio (20 votes) because no Sprint Cup race is held there. Cleveland rocks, but it doesn't race.
Applying the electoral college to Sprint Cup, even with two races remaining ... Johnson leads again, but
The presence of 12 separate "parties" assures no driver will reach the presidential lockdown number of 270.