Kevin Harvick On Why Chasers Shouldn't Have Their Own Points System

Over the last few years, there's been an ongoing debate about whether Chase drivers should have their own points system in order to keep the playoff close over 10 weeks.

Fans, media and even drivers such as Tony Stewart have suggested that such a system be put into place – the idea being that if a Chase driver wrecks or has a mechanical failure, he'd only get 12th-place points as opposed to the 43rd-place points that would basically ruin his shot at a championship.

But don't count Kevin Harvick among the supporters of a special points system for Chase drivers.

"Having a bad week is part of this sport," Harvick said Friday morning at New Hampshire. "You still have to race the other 42 guys. If you want to have your own points system, let's just have 12 cars on the track and call it IROC. Because it won't work."

Harvick said what he enjoys most about NASCAR are that winners have to beat everyone and do so through achieving a variety of factors: Durability, being creative and pushing the envelope and avoiding wrecks.

"I think creating a points system for the Chase (drivers) would be a total mistake because that's not what our sport is about," he said. "Our sport is about trying to make the race and people having to put their stuff on the trailer and go home. It's always been about who could not break engines and not break parts and pieces.

"You'd open up a can of worms that wouldn't be fun, because it's just not about 12 guys."

Do you agree or disagree with Harvick? Should the Chase drivers get their own points system?

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