That's right, there's only one handegg game left before they clear the airwaves for the racecars to go fast and turn left. (As a Broncos fan, I don't have to pay much attention to January football. ;-P)
In preparation for the upcoming season, NASCAR announced rules changes for 2011.
First, they simplified the points system. The old system was far too complicated to describe here. The new system awards the winning driver 43 points, and reduces by one point for each position behind the winner. There will be one bonus point awarded to any driver who leads a lap, one to the driver who leads the most laps, and 3 to the winner. When the points are realigned for the Chase, each win will be worth 3 additional bonus points.
Speaking of the Chase... The top 10 drivers will now make it on points, and there will be 2 "wild card" spots, to be awarded to the drivers with the most wins who are scored in positions 11-20.
Those are the two big changes. There are other minor ones at the link. Now you're up to speed, in plenty of time for the Shootout.
Boogity boogity boogity!