NASCAR rules changes will alter strategy in subtle and obvious ways

Carl Edwards and Joey Logano lead the field through the first turn on the start of the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis

Carl Edwards and Joey Logano lead the field through the first turn on the start of the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis

Each race will be broken into three stages.

Also, as NASCAR is set to announce major format changes Monday night at 6 p.m. ET at the Charlotte Convention Center, Earnhardt shared his idea of the ideal Cup Series schedule layout and then engaged in a spirited question-and-answer session regarding that subject and others.

STAGE 3: Same format as races in the past. That driver, plus 15 others based on wins with ties broken by points, will be eligible for the playoffs (no longer referred to as "The Chase.") The playoffs will again consist of three rounds of three races with four drivers eliminated after each round.

NASCAR is significantly altering the competition format for the races in all three of its national divisions that will see events divided into segments, along with a redistribution of how drivers are awarded championship points both for a particular event and throughout the season.

LaJoie already has an impressive racing career that includes six wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, three wins in the ARCA Series, and multiple starts in NASCAR's top series. Had some of those races where you lead 300 something laps and you lose out in the last five laps and those really sting.

All in all, NASCAR made some good changes without compromises what was working. The new system is too confusing and that NASCAR makes too many changes to the point system in recent years.

It was also announced that a champion will be crowned after the first 26 races, and an overall champion will be named following the championship race in Florida.

With all this being said, I, along with countless fans believe that NASCAR's top series is long overdue for an additional road course race on the schedule.

It was also revealed that points will also be awarded for the top-10 finishers in the season-opening Clash at Daytona, which traditionally has been a non-points race. Last year, he became the first foreign-born driver to win a championship in the Xfinity series, and earlier this month, he took a surprise phone call.

"It's going to add some strategy plays throughout the race". However, the race victor still matters and holds extra weight over the stage winners. Having missed the second half of the 2016 season recovering from concussion-like symptoms, the newlywed Earnhardt said he's got a renewed outlook about his place in the sport and life in general. According to the FIA, the governing body of F1, high-speed corner speeds could increase by almost 25 miles per hour. He will make his cup debut at Daytona next month.

Wallace has guaranteed funding through the first six races of this season via Leidos - a military defense company.

Coverage starts at 1 p.m. Saturday on FOX.

Gaulding, who will turn 19 shortly before the 2017 season begins, made his Cup debut a year ago at Martinsville Speedway for The Motorsports Group, finishing 39th. After the Homestead finale previous year, Kesleowski moaned over the format requiring drivers to take risks at all costs. Those core members included "stakeholder" drivers, team officials, former drivers, NASCAR officials, television partners and rack officials.

Dave von Falkenstein is a digital content coordinator for The Gazette and an auto racing fan.

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