Dale Jr. and Greg Biffle had the best finishing average of all the Chaser's, but, where are they now. If ANYTHING, there were PENALIZED when the Chase began.
NA$CAR needs to find a happy medium next year. Still award for WINS, but, also award for final position (consistency).
Here's an idea NASCAR, Something like this at the end of the 26 races leading up to the Chase:
1st 2000 + 50 points + 3 per win
2nd 2000 + 45 points + 3 per win
3rd 2000 + 40 points + 3 per win
and so on.
This would at least award for the effort for the 1st 26 races.