I don't like the Winston Cup points system. I don't like the fact that a guy who finishes last 4 times in a row gets as many points as a guy who wins a race then skips the other three. I don't like that a guy can win and score the same amount of points as the guy who finishes second, gaining no advantage, but there can be a HUGE wreck on lap 1 that takes out 20 cars (essentially tying them all for last) but that they get put in order from 24-43 and the points vary by 60 from the first car in order to the last. I don't like how the points championship is decided by how guys do in their off-weeks as opposed to how they do when they're "on".
To that end, I've been tallying the points all year using a modified version of the CART points system. I more or less detailed what I was thinking here in an earlier thread.
Also, I've gone back and recalculated every points race since 1982. I've got 5 different champions in those 21 years, and in those five years, the actual Winston Cup champ has finished 2nd four times and 3rd once in my standings. I've still got three years left of the "Earnhardt era", and unless he picks up a title in 1979 or 1981, Earnhardt won't be a seven-time champion. (The Earnhardt thing is what I was thinking about when I started going back over the old races. That and I'm a Mark Martin fan and wanted to see if he'd win a title my way. He didn't.)
Without further ado, here are the current Winston Cup standings (actual points) after 27 races: 1. Matt Kenseth - 4015 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 3611 3. Kevin Harvick - 3552 4. Jimmie Johnson - 3543 5. Ryan Newman - 3398 6. Jeff Gordon - 3382 7. Kurt Busch - 3323 8. Bobby Labonte - 3323 9. Terry Labonte - 3191 10. Michael Waltrip - 3169
Here are MY points standings: 1. Matt Kenseth - 226 2. Ryan Newman - 220 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 213 4. Bobby Labonte - 185 5. Kurt Busch - 176 6. Kevin Harvick - 172 7. Jeff Gordon - 167 8. Jimmie Johnson - 166 9. Tony Stewart - 127 10. Robby Gordon - 110
(edited by JayJayDean on 19.9.03 0711)
(edited by JayJayDean on 19.9.03 0712) Washington Huskies, 1-1. USC didn't look THAT great after the first quarter, so I'm more optimistic that they'll be the 2003 Pac-10 champs.
Next week's TV Guide with Kiefer Sutherland on the cover has lots of articles on 24. Among some of the articles include a preview of a new book about 24. Also they have some spoilers on upcoming episodes of 24.