Now a driver, Busch, who would not have been anywhere near the championship had the old system still applied was handed his first career championship. Under the old points system four-time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon would have won the 2004 championship. In 2005, Tony Stewart won the Nextel Cup championship. Had the old points system been in place Stewart still would have won the championship, but by a much more commanding points deficit. It has been proven that driver's who would have had no chance at winning the championship in the old points system can win in the new point system, as Kurt Busch proved in 2004. Is this right? Should a driver basically "luck" his way into a championship or should a driver win a championship by being consistent throughout an entire season? Each fan has his/her own opinion on what they think the points system should be like. Some fans say that the old points system should have remained in place because of tradition and the fact that it rewarded drivers for being consistent, something all drivers should strive for.
To win the old championship a driver truly had to be great and have the best season among his peers. To win a championship under the new system a driver must only hang around the top ten for twenty-six races and then turn it on over the final ten, or perhaps "luck" into it. Some fans prefer the new system saying that it adds a new excitement to a sport that greatly needed to be spiced up. Whether fans prefer the old points system or the new points system is up to each individual to decide
BY Julian Spivey (SNL)