Despite introducing The Chase in 2004, NASCAR has failed to create many of those breathtaking "Game 7" moments in the finale. The debut was successful as Kurt Busch beat Jimmie Johnson for the title by eight points, and five drivers went into the 2005 finale mathematically eligible to win the championship.
Then Jimmie Johnson reeled off five consecutive championships, snapped only by Tony Stewart's race-winning, championship-deciding showing in the 2011 finale. Keselowski won easily in 2012 when Johnson was felled by mechanical problems, and it was Johnson, again, in an easy Sunday drive for win No. 6 in November.
So a shake up to the system wouldn't be unexpected. But it may not necessarily look like what The Observer reported -- the newspaper was clear the format is only being considered -- because it's not unlike NASCAR to float ideas to gauge reaction.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.