Point Taken

Ryan Newman has won five races but is just eighth in the points standings while the leader's won just one.

Updated: August 20, 2003, 12:20 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | ESPN The Magazine
One guy leads NASCAR with five wins but ranks only eighth in the points race. Another has only one win but ranks first. Is something wrong with this picture?

Not really, says Ryan Newman, the five-timer: "The current system is pretty fair. The only addition I'd make would be to award more qualifying points: five for first, one less for second and so on. Leave it at that."

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Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Award-winning sportswriting veteran Jerry Bonkowski returns to ESPN, having previously served as NASCAR columnist/writer for ESPN.com from 2001 to 2004. A lifelong Chicago native, Jerry spent 15 years with USA Today, where he covered all sports -- with heavy emphasis on Chicago-area teams -- and the past 4½ years as National NASCAR Columnist with Yahoo! Sports.