As the NASCAR postseason nears its thrilling conclusion, a voice from the past echoes through the corridors of the racing world. A regret, a longing for a time gone by, emerges from the heart of a champion.
The NASCAR playoff format, introduced in 2004, has been a subject of debate among fans and racers alike. The elimination of four drivers in each round has led to some big names missing out on the championship race. "This format is the best thing for our fans and for the sport to grow," expressed Jeff Gordon, a former Cup Series champion.
Gordon's Golden Days
Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup Series champion, was at his peak before the introduction of the playoffs. He believes that the previous format, which focused on accumulating points, was more suited to his consistent racing style. "I certainly felt like my style was better under the old format," Gordon admits.
The Modern Challenge
The question remains, how would Gordon have fared in the modern playoff format with its suspense-filled build-up and eliminations? "It makes it tough; I mean, you know Larson was on this out in the last one, and you have to survive Talladega and Roval," Gordon reflects upon his unfulfilled desires.