Consistency in 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Not For Sale/NASCAR's Great Call

Ed McDonald /

By Jonathan Fjeld Lead Reporter

Last year, the winner of the 2nd race went onto win the next race at Las Vegas. His next 3 finishes were: 12th, 1st, and 9th. That was Jimmie Johnson. This year, the winner of the 2nd race went to Vegas and scored a 36th place finish, with a DNF after making contact with the wall. That was Jeff Gordon. Trevor Bayne who won the 500 (youngest winner yet), went to Phoenix and crashed, finishing 40th. Consistency? What? What are you talking about? Last year, you saw about the whole top 5 be consistent last season. Now with the new points system, consistency is almost out the window. Only a few drivers have accomplished the consistency deal throughout the first 3 races, Dale Jr., Kurt Busch, and a little out of drivers like, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Ryan Newman. The new points system is certainly doing its job. It's making every position worth something now more than ever. It's making for a crazy race. Heck, I can't believe I'm saying this only 3 races into the season. Imagine what it's going to be like come Chase time. Oh gosh! If you think the racing is not as good as last year, I believe you are wrong. This year, the racing is just getting better. This is great for NASCAR. No wonder why the TV and Attendance ratings are up!

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