Sources are reporting that NASCAR will increase the field for the Nextel Chase for the Cup from 10 to 12 drivers. Regardless of how many points behind the leader they are, the top 12 drivers will make the chase.
In 2005, it would have included Jeff Gordon. Last year, it would have included Tony Stewart.
In another good move, NASCAR is awarding more points for winning a race, thus rewarding drivers who can win a race over those who can finish ninth all season long without visiting Victory Lane.