CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has thrown out the points system used since 1975 in favor of a straight scoring format based on finishing position.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France made the change official Wednesday night. It will give 43 points to the race winner and decrease through the field down to 1 point for the 43rd-place finisher.
The race winner will receive three bonus points. Each driver who leads a lap will receive one bonus point, and the driver who leads the most laps will receive an additional bonus point.
Also, the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field will be filled by the top 10 drivers in points after the 26th race of the season.
The final two spots are "wild-card" qualifiers and will go to racers outside the top 10 who have the most victories, as long as they're ranked in the top 20 in points.
Fox Sports Chairman David Hill thinks NASCAR races need to be shortened to fit into a three-hour broadcast window.
Hill said Monday night the length of races — many stretch well into a fourth hour — is one of the problems that's contributed to NASCAR's sinking television ratings.
"I think the racing is far too long," Hill said during Charlotte Motor Speedway's annual media tour. "There is more diversion, more opportunities for stuff than any other time in man's history."
Hill said the ideal for Fox would be a four-hour broadcast window, with 40 minutes of pre-race coverage and 20 minutes of post-race coverage. Asked if he'd push NASCAR to shorten any of its races, Hill didn't miss a beat.
"NASCAR doesn't negotiate," he said.