Chase Elliott’s fractured fibula has yielded a fortuitous outcome, as the NASCAR driver will now be awarded a 100-point bonus in the Monster Energy Cup Series standings. The affliction, which Elliott sustained during a crash at Pocono Raceway, enabled him to qualify for the Playoffs on points, as the No. 9 Chevrolet driver was able to surpass the threshold of 3040 points.
Elliott’s fortunate fracture precipitated a revision to NASCAR’s points structure. Following the accident, the sanctioning body altered the policy to allot a 100-point bonus to any driver that accumulates 3040 points despite missing at least one race due to an injury or illness. The alteration was precipitated by Elliott’s setback, and it is unclear how the ruling could impact the postseason.
The ruling could be a boon to Elliott, as he can now focus on healing rather than worrying about his position in the standings. The driver had already amassed 3040 points through twenty-one starts before the accident, but had been floundering of late. He had failed to finish better than fifteenth in five of his last six races, and his Pocono outing ended in a forty-fifth-place finish.
The points boost could also be a major help to drivers that are battling for a spot in the Playoffs. Drivers that are less than 100 points away from the 3040-point mark will now have a greater chance at progressing to the postseason.
Elliott’s broken bone is certainly a bitter pill to swallow, but the 100-point boon may provide a sweet aftertaste. The revised points policy could also be a game-changer for drivers on the fringe of the Playoffs.