Earlier this year NASCAR created a blizzard of discussion ranging from ecstasy to despondency (which is one of NASCAR's core talents) by announcing a new playoff qualifying system.
With one race to go before the playoff (aka Chase for the Championship), NASCAR has to be pleased with how the new system is working.
First, you gotta separate analysis of the new win-and-your-in, 16-driver grid playoff system with analysis of if NASCAR should have a playoff at all. Two separate issues. Given the fact that NASCAR does have a 10-race playoff, I’ve found this current qualifying system rather compelling.