FORT WORTH, Texas (January 26, 2011) -- The following is a statement from Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage regarding the announcement today from NASCAR on its restructuring of the points system for all three national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series). NASCAR is incorporating a "one point per position" scoring system, ranging from 43 points for first to one point for the 43rd and final position. There also will be bonus points awarded for a win (3), most laps led (1) and leading a lap (1). Texas Motor Speedway plays host annually to two races in each of the respective series.
"These guys are going to be driving like their hair is on fire. Give NASCAR credit for placing the emphasis on winning races with the new points system. With the new points system, drivers are encouraged to win races in order to be in a position to win the championship. The points championship should be secondary to winning races week in and week out. If you do that, championships take care of themselves."