After being announced in January, NASCAR’s revamped points system made its debut last weekend in Daytona. Its most high profile usage was in the Daytona 500.
NASCAR America analysts Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton and Kyle Petty shared their thoughts on how the system impacted the race. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick won the first and second segments respectively before Kurt Busch won the race.
“If you’re going to ask drivers to race harder during the early stages of the race, you have reward them,” Burton said. “If you look at the race this year, think about Clint Bowyer. Think about Ryan Newman. These guys typically run around in the back of plate races. They didn’t do that this race. This is the Daytona 500. They were in the middle, they were trying to make something happen.”