Denny Hamlin

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs feature 10 races split between four rounds. This format has created nonstop conversations, and now Denny Hamlin has weighed in.

Hamlin provided his thoughts on the matter after listening to the Brian France episode of “The Dale Jr. Download.” He responded to a Twitter user complaining about the Round of Four, and he laid out a different playoff format that he would like to see. Though it would still feature this final round.

The round of 4 is great. I agree with @DaleJr that it should be a larger sample size however. 3 races to crown a champ. 12 total races in playoffs. Every race is important, no one will clinch early. The last race is still the championship. https://t.co/kpnt023OOY

— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) November 16, 2022

“The round of [four] is great,” Hamlin tweeted. “I agree with @DaleJr that it should be a larger sample size, however. [Three] races to crown a champ. 12 total races in playoffs. Every race is important, no one will clinch early. The last race is still the championship.”

The current playoff format features 10 rounds. Three make up the Round of 16, three make up the Round of 12, and three make up the Round of Eight. The final race features four drivers battling for the trophy in a winner-take-all format.

This Conversation Began With ‘The Dale Jr. Download’

GettyDenny Hamlin & Dale Earnhardt Jr. share an opinion about the championship race.

Hamlin’s tweet was made after he and many others listened to the Brian France episode of “The Dale Jr. Download.” The former NASCAR CEO and Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent time discussing a variety of topics, including the expansion of the playoff field from 10 to 16 drivers.

“I like the playoffs, but the only thing that I’ve kind of struggled with is how we expanded the playoff field,” Earnhardt said. “And this happened at the Clash as well. Like the eligibility for getting into the Clash changed the identity of that race.

“When the Chase was 10 drivers, it was like, ‘D***, that’s hard. That’s hard to get into.’ It’s 16 now, which is almost half the field of the guys that run every single week.”

Earnhardt also said that he has struggled with the championship race being “all or nothing.” He noted that some venues may …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

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