Playoffs

Local News
6:03 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NASCAR's New Playoffs: Wrecks, Fights And Better Ratings

NASCAR's new playoff grid.
Credit NASCAR

NASCAR's championship race is this weekend. It's the first time the sport will crown its champion using a new playoff system that concludes with a winner-take-all final race.

The new format makes NASCAR's playoffs much more like other pro sports – the emphasis is now on winning rather than just racing consistently. The change has led to more excitement on and off the track, with wrecks, fights and higher TV ratings.

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Local News
9:05 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NASCAR Makes Its Playoffs More Like Other Sports

Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon discuss the upcoming season.
Credit Michael Tomsic

NASCAR is overhauling its playoff system to create a winner-take-all final race. The sport's executives announced the changes Thursday in Charlotte. It'll make NASCAR's postseason simpler and more similar to other professional sports.


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The Charlotte Observer
9:41 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Bring On The Playoffs!

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the 4th quarter Sunday.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Cam Newton ran the whole game, so the Panthers’ quarterback wasn’t about to stop Sunday after the Panthers clinched their first division title in five years.

After finishing a TV interview minutes after the 21-20 win against the Atlanta Falcons, Newton ran along the wall of the Georgia Dome, slapping hands with some of the thousands of Panthers’ fans who made the drive down Interstate 85.

Newton worked his way to the visitors locker room, where he was greeted by the blaring notes of “I’m a King” by T.I. and by teammates wearing black “division champions” hats.

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