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Should NASCAR reward non-playoff qualifiers that beat its ‘best of the best’?

Should NASCAR reward non-playoff qualifiers that beat its 'best of the best'?

Since NASCAR entered the playoff format in 2004, its famous tagline has been “Win and You’re In”. In other words, any driver who won one of the first 26 races of the regular season is guaranteed a spot in the postseason of 10 races, or the playoffs.

But after what we’ve seen in the first three races of this year’s play-offs, I think a major adjustment has to be made.

For the first time since the playoffs began nearly 20 years ago, none of the winners were in all three races of the first-round playoff qualifiers. In other words, none of the 16 drivers who qualified for the playoffs made it to the victory lane in Darlington, Kansas or Saturday night’s 16th round final at Bristol Motor Speedway.