One way to ensure racers don't get behind the wheel when they're seriously ill or injured: Allow substitute drivers to accumulate points on their behalf.
When the 2011 Chase began, few would have picked Tony Stewart to win the championship. When he did, it just showed that the new (now old) way was the best way for NASCAR.
In 1991, A.J. Foyt was preparing for what he said was his last Indianapolis 500. He let Ed Hinton, then with The National Sports Daily, come along for the ride.
Imagine if every racetrack on the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour were built identically like, say, beloved Richmond International Raceway. Too much of a good thing?
You want a comparison of how difficult it is to three-peat in NASCAR? Think Vince Lombardi and the Packers and you still aren't there yet, writes Ed Hinton.