NASCAR has been plagued for the last few seasons by teams that start the race with no intention of completing the event. They run a couple of laps and then park the car and happily collect a check for 43rd place which more than covers their expenses. It's a nice business but it has no legitimate place in sports.
This week NASCAR announced that prize money for the last four spots will be decreased by about $4,000 per position and redistributed to higher finishing positions.
I like this change. Let's get 43 teams out there that are trying for the best finish possible. Hopefully knocking $144,000 out of the 36-race payday will help eliminate the start-and-park problem.