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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