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NASCAR: From now on, it will be ‘the playoffs,’ not ‘the Chase’ (video)

NASCAR Executive VP Steve O'Donnell explains why the sport decided to move on from the term "Chase" to the playoffs for the 2017 season.

What’s in a name? For NASCAR going forward, it will no longer refer to its playoffs as “the Chase.” From now on, it will be simply “the playoffs.”

With the name change, the format for the playoffs will not change -- with the exception of the enhancements to the points format that was announced Monday.

NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell said that it was time for the sport to move on from the unique “Chase” monicker, which spawned several similar formats and accompanying names in other sports, including drag racing and golf.