The White Zone: The Owners Title Should Mirror the One Used in F1

“The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading…” and I want to make the case for making the owners title more like Formula 1.

The owner’s championship model used in NASCAR has never made sense to me. If you don’t know, the model used by NASCAR is awarding points to individual cars rather than to the organization as a whole.

Mercedes has been the dominant force as of late in Formula 1. user:Kd1980 Wikimedia Commons
Mercedes has been the dominant force as of late in Formula 1- user: Kd1980/Wikimedia Commons

I’ve always believed that the model used by Formula 1 makes far more sense. The points scored in a race go to the team as a whole instead of the individual cars.

This leads to both more buzz about the constructors’ championship, makes it more significant and is a far superior barometer for who was the best team.

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Here’s what I mean. For the last two years, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team has dominated the entire landscape of Formula 1. The constructors’ championship model used by F1 shows that the combination of both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is superior to any driving duo in the sport right now. If it followed the NASCAR model, it would just be a battle between Hamilton and Rosberg. That would be redundant because the driver’s championship already shows who’s the superior driver.

With the model used in NASCAR, it paints both a redundant and a false picture of who was best. In the XFINITY Series this season, the No. 22 Team Penske Ford won the owner’s title, but it really didn’t matter given that they were using drivers that weren’t racing for points in the series.

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Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR

In the Sprint Cup Series, the owner’s title almost always goes to the car driven by the driver who won the Sprint Cup title.

It’s entirely and utterly redundant and I’m all about reducing, curtailing and slashing all that is redundant in this world of redundant things that are redundant.

This is why I would love to see NASCAR change the owners championship model and make it more like that used in Formula 1. It would be a far superior barometer of which organization was the best in the sport.

Now I understand that one problem with going to F1’s model is that it would favor the multi-car teams – especially the four car teams – while single-car teams would be left out. The best way to account for this would be that only the highest finishing car of each team scores the owners points like is done with the manufacturers title.

My plane is about to take off, so I must wrap this up. Until next time, I’ll leave you with this fact. Aposiopesis is the official name of the rhetorical style in which you deliberately fail to complete a sentence. (“Why you…”)

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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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