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Door-To-Door: Reward the regular-season champ

Still trying to wrap his head around the new Chase format, Marty Smith has at least one new idea as he goes Door-To-Door. The regular-season champ should be rewarded more for his milestone.

Updated: January 25, 2007, 11:24 AM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Like most fans, I'm still digesting Chase 2.0. One major criticism of the initial Chase for the Nextel Cup format was the erasure of the leader's season-long accumulated points advantage over his competitors from X-hundred to a paltry five.

At least he was still the points leader entering the Chase.

Under the reformatted playoff, that might not be the case any longer.

In fact, the leader after 26 races could be effectively penalized for running in the top ...

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