The Fundamental Flaw With The Chase

  Within NASCAR is a fundamental flaw with their version of a playoff system. It's a problem you don't see with a playoff system in any other American-based sport. A failure to deal with it brings to bear the Chaos theory into the world of sports. A simplified version of the Chaos theory is the "butterfly effect;" a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, and the result is a tornado in Texas. Sounds a little "out there," but think about it, is it not a little bit like the events at T ...

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The Remaining Schedule Favors A Dark Horse

  In some NASCAR circles, much talk has emerged about the possibility of a winless Chase champion. If NASCAR were Survivor, one would certainly credit Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth with "outlasting" the competition.  Though winless, Newman and Kenseth have raised their respective games at the right time.  The Rocket Man has an average finish of 5.8 in his last five races, while Kenseth has been a solid 9.0. With that said, the biggest threat to win the Chase not named Jeff Gordon o ...

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Mild Or Wild, There’s Nothing In Between At Talladega

Are you like me? Sometimes watching a race at Talladega Superspeedway has been as frustrating as can be. For this fan, racing at Talladega has been a lot like fighting a war: hours of sheer boredom, following by seconds of sheer terror. Races where drivers wouldn't pass each other, two car tangoes, and pile-ups that fouled the fortunes of my favorite contenders are too vivid in my head. Like you- I keep watching, because you just never know what a day in Alabama may bring. Talladega has s ...

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Who Will Become The Elite Eight Of The Chase?

The Contender round of the 2014 Chase is ready to roll. 12 drivers, some of the best racers in the business, vie for eight spots to become NASCAR's Elite Eight. There's some fast company in this group, and when you throw a wild card track like Talladega into the mix, any number of scenarios can play out, including the elimination of a favorite or two. While handicapping auto racing is a fool's errand, it's always interesting to ponder who the top Chase contenders are, and seeing how reali ...

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Have We Caught A Glimpse Of The Final Four For Chase?

Funny thing happened Sunday; I went to take a nap and a race broke out. If there's been a better race at Chicagoland, I don't remember it. Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano raced like men possessed. If these and other some of the other talented racers that comprise the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series keep this kind of racing up- the kind where they go like it really means something- this Chase will be one for the ages. The 2014 Chase may well achieve the kind ...

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