The Frontstretch: Voices From the Heartland: NASCAR to abandon 'The Chase'? by Jeff Meyer -- Thursday August 25, 2005

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Voices From the Heartland: NASCAR to abandon 'The Chase'?

Jeff Meyer · Thursday August 25, 2005


Do you really want to know what burns my butt (besides fire about 3 foot high)? I'll tell you.

Seems that lately, scores of people, including NASCAR personalities in various booths, are constantly saying that it is just not right for someone who hasn't won a race all year, to be in contention for the Championship. The new system needs to be revamped they say. They still use Kurt Busch as a prime example in last years race, implying that Jimmie Johnson should have held the trophy at the banquet, had it not been for some bad luck in the last ten races. To them I say "NUTS"!

Let's suppose for a moment that I just got off the phone with The Almighty Brian. I have just convinced him that the Chase was a bad idea and starting this week in Bristol, there is no more 'Chase'.

Using that supposition, I did some research and good ole Iowa figgurin with the current standings and guess what? Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr STILL don't have a chance! According to my figures the top twenty-five drivers points wise would work out like this:

# Tony Stewart 3268
# Jimmie Johnson 3142 -126
# Greg Biffle 3016 -252
# Rusty Wallace 2979 -289
# Mark Martin 2899 -369 
# Jeremy Mayfield 2869 -399 
# Kurt Busch 2848 -420 
# Ryan Newman 2773 -495 
# Carl Edwards 2758 -510
# Jamie McMurray 2702 -566
# Dale Jarrett 2651 -617
# Jeff Gordon 2644 -624
# Elliott Sadler 2636 -632
# Kevin Harvick 2620 -648
# Matt Kenseth 2598 -670
# Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2544 -724
# Joe Nemechek 2533 -735
# Brian Vickers 2484 -784
# Kasey Kahne 2405 -863
# Michael Waltrip 2364 -904
# Jeff Burton 2359 -909
# Kyle Busch 2329 -939
# Casey Mears 2217 -1051
# Bobby Labonte 2209 -1059
# Ricky Rudd 2169 -1099

Does that list look familiar? That's right! It turns out that even if there were no Chase, the points standings would be exactly the same as if there were a Chase!

Three time winner Jeff Gordon doesn't have a prayer! He has sucked enough that he is 624 points behind the leader! Jr, Harvick, Sadler and Kenseth even further!

So what difference does the Chase make? At least with the Chase, those guys have a fighting CHANCE to be eligible to win the Championship. Without the Chase, they would all be saying that they are gearing up for 'next year', and trying to get things worked out so they can be competitive in '06.

My point is, that even if you do not like the current points format, if a driver is Championship material for that year, HE SHOULD BE IN THE TOP TEN ANYWAY! I don't care if you win 10 races, if you DNF the rest of them, you don't deserve to be Champion.

The Chase is not perfect, but it does make the end of the year more exciting and it does give, at least ten guys anyway, a chance to fight it out for the big prize. Who wants a season that is clinched before it is over anyway? If you're good enough to be in the top ten by the last 10 races, then you get a shot! That's the way it is! Get over it!

On a different note, I will be at Bristol this week, so if you happen to be going too, stop by Hicks White Top Campground and look for a black Blazer with Iowa tags. We should be about 2 rows behind the shower house. Oh.....bring beverages will ya!?

Stay off the wall!


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08/29/2005 03:10 AM
Jeff great article i just wanted to remind you to write a story about my buddies and i that you met this weekend in Bristol. You were looking pretty cool in your “Beer Powered Jet Pack” and the joke about the family tree that re-roots was a classic hope to see you next year.

Your Buddies from site 561
08/29/2005 04:11 PM
I agree with you Jeff. It really irritates me that just because Gordon and Dale Jr. aren’t having the best of years and may not make the Chase, even with wins, certain media people want them in the Chase. Last year Rusty Wallace won a race but did anyone complain then?? NO!!! And I’ve emailed a few of them to let them know how I feel. I’m sick of hearing how unlucky Gordon and Jr. have been. I’m a firm believer that luck is a big part of racing, always has been and always will be. Dale Jr. and Gordon have to play the cards they’ve been dealt, just like everybody else.


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