WHO IS TO BLAME FOR NASCAR’S DECLINE?

CONCORD, N.C. _ These days it seems everyone in NASCAR is trying to figure out the reasoning for a decline in attendance and major drop television ratings. Empty seats and poor ratings have dominated the conversation as of late, instead of one of the most competitive Chases. Most agree the economy has played a major role, some blame the Chase for the Sprint Cup, many argue it is ESPN and others point to the dominance of Jimmie Johnson.  In the last week alone, television ratings dropped 30% ...

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WITHOUT CHASE, SPRINT CUP LIKELY WOULD HAVE HAD SAME CHAMPIONS

The cream rises to the top. I believe that is true in any form of sports. No matter what kind of championship-deciding system you put in place.Bench racing conversations eventually turn to Chase opinions. Those same opinions from the racing crowd I run with side toward a dislike for the Chase, which I agree with. The conversation takes the inevitable turn towards a “well, under the old system so-and-so would have been champion.” At this point I have to take exception. The Chase sy ...

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STEWART BACK IN THE CHASE WITH WIN

After three weeks of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Tony Stewart had dug himself quite the hole in his pursuit of his third NASCAR championship. Despite having a strong car and leading late, Stewart ran out of gas coming to the white flag in the Chase opener in Loudon. A mediocre run at Dover and a fourth place finish in Kansas put Stewart back to 10th in the Chase, 127 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. That number got a lot smaller on Sunday, after Stewart was able to earn his first win at th ...

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STEWART BACK IN THE CHASE WITH WIN

After three weeks of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Tony Stewart had dug himself quite the hole in his pursuit of his third NASCAR championship. Despite having a strong car and leading late, Stewart ran out of gas coming to the white flag in the Chase opener in Loudon. A mediocre run at Dover and a fourth place finish in Kansas put Stewart back to 10th in the Chase, 127 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. That number got a lot smaller on Sunday, after Stewart was able to earn his first win at th ...

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BIFFLE COMES UP BIG IN KANSAS

Coming off a disappointing finish last week in Dover, Del., Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle responded by winning his 16th career Sprint Cup Series race, second of the year and first of the 2010 Chase. Leading three times for a total of 60 laps, Biffle led Jimmie Johnson to the checkered flag by more than seven seconds, moving him up one spot in the standings to eighth, 85 points behind the defending four-time champion. “You know, everybody asked us last week if we're out the Chase, ...

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JOHNSON WINS, OTHER CHASERS FALTER

After a disappointing 25th place finish in last weekend’s Chase opener in New Hampshire, Jimmie Johnson showed up in Dover in championship form. A five-time winner at the Monster Mile, Johnson sat the No. 48 Chevrolet on the pole Friday afternoon and put it in Victory Lane for win number six at the end of the day. Leading five times for a total of 191 laps, Johnson also locked up 10 bonus points for leading the most laps, moving him to second in the standings only 35 points behind Denny Ha ...

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BOWYER HIT HARD BY PENALTY

Clint Bowyer’s gamble on fuel last weekend in New Hampshire may have paid off and put the Chase driver in Victory Lane on Sunday, but on Wednesday, NASCAR handed down a hefty penalty that sent Bowyer from second in the Chase standings all the way to 12th. After taking the winning No. 33 Chevrolet was sent back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C., officials determined the rear of the car – where the body lined up with the chassis – did not meet the s ...

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BOWYER SAVES GAS, EARNS CHASE WIN

The 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup kicked off Sunday in New Hampshire with a wild 300-lap race that came down to fuel mileage and saw Clint Bowyer go from 12th in the standings to championship contender in one afternoon. Earning the 12th and final transfer spot in the Chase, Bowyer and his No. 33 team led by Shane Wilson put together a car that dominated the early stages of Sunday’s Sylvania 300. Falling off a bit in the middle stages of the race, Bowyer and Wilson took a gamble on fuel mil ...

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HAMLIN SOLIDIFIES POINTS LEAD WITH VICTORY

RICHMOND, Va._ Entering Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway, the drivers gearing up for the Chase for the Sprint Cup looked to secure the final 10 bonus points before the standings were reset, while the rest of the field hoped to outshine those Chase contenders. In what was hyped as a no-holds-barred event in which few had anything to lose, it was hometown favorite Denny Hamlin that scored the final win of the regular season. The victory was Hamlin’s sixth of the ...

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IS A TEAMMATE AN ADVANTAGE IN THE CHASE?

RICHMOND, Va._ When the 12 man Chase for the Sprint Cup is set following Saturday night’s Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway, nearly every driver will have a teammate on his side in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. Richard Childress Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing all have the majority of their teams in the Chase and Stewart Haas Racing has a chance to put both of their cars in as well. Even if Ryan Newman fails to make the Chase, SHR is still a Hendri ...

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