JOHNSON, HAMLIN COULD TAKE THE 2010 CHASE DOWN TO THE WIRE

Thank you, Denny Hamlin, for setting up what should be the most exciting battle for the Chase title in the seven years fans have been forced to endure this unpopular, contrived, Jimmie-Johnson-friendly playoff system.  Johnson, Hamlin primed to deliver epic Chase finish (SI.com) ...

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CHASE AWAY THE CHASE

We are in the seventh season using The Chase format to determine the NASCAR Cup champion. We are also in the seventh season of fans disliking The Chase format to determine the NASCAR Cup champion.This is my 36th year of being involved with auto racing. My circle of friends and associates is pretty heavily populated with veteran racing folks. I do not know of a single person who likes The Chase or even thought it was a good idea.I consistently hear how exciting and great The Chase is. Those comme ...

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JOHNSON’S DOVER WIN DOESN’T END CHASE

The sense of panic is already apparent. “They may as well just start engraving Jimmie Johnson’s trophy now,” some may say. The fear is understandable. By winning at Dover, Jimmie Johnson seems to be playing out a re-run NASCAR fans know only too well.“Back away from the panic button,” I say. Keep your hands away from the sharp objects. Before we write this season off as another episode of the “Jimmie Johnson Victory Tour brought to you by Lowe’s,&rd ...

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WHY MARTIN, MONTOYA, MCMURRAY, NEWMAN MISSED THE CHASE

The Sprint Cup playoff field is set, and some very talented drivers missed the cut. Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray are not among the 12 drivers in The Chase. So how did they get left out while Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer made it in? Inconsistency, poor performances dogged drivers who missed Chase (SI.com) ...

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THE 2010 CHASE DRIVERS WILL BE…

Four races to go.NASCAR stops in Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta, and Richmond remains before we settle on the twelve men who will battle for the Cup Series championship. Who gets in? Who falls short?I feel as we head into Michigan, the dozen who occupy the Chase spots will be the same ones celebrating on the stage in Richmond when that race ends. It is safe to say the top-level performers will stay put. Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson ...

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