Winning vs. Consistency: The Delicate Balance of the NASCAR Playoffs

The NASCAR playoffs determine the season’s champion. Is the champion the guy who wins the most races? Or the guy who runs up front the most?

There’s no scientific way to answer this question, but there is data. NASCAR has modified their playoffs to try to create a suitable balance between winning and consistency. Have they succeeded?

Jumping the (Air) Gun

(Air) Gun Control A lot’s changed on Pit Road this year.¬†In addition to cutting the over-the-wall crew to five people, NASCAR decided (by majority vote of the Team Owners’ Council)¬†that they would provide air guns to all teams. Not everyone was in favor of this. Rob Kauffman tweeted that Chip…

A History of Toyota Wins: 2008-2017
Rise and Run Related to Slope

Skirting the Issue

Flared side skirts became an issue when social media started noticing them somewhere around Kansas. The fact that the most obvious example of this was on the 2 car and Brad Keselowski is rapidly taking over from Kyle Busch as most-love-to-hate driver in NASCAR may have brought the issue to the fore faster.

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