Now that the 12-driver field for this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship has been set, we’ll figure out within the next 10 weeks if Jimmie Johnson‘s dynasty continues or whether someone has the potential to dethrone him.
The 26-race regular season featured some surprising stories, particularly the resurgence of all three Richard Childress Racing teams. Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer are in the Chase after each missed the playoffs last year.
Jamie McMurray came up short of making the Chase, despite winning the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. McMurray’s Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, had an exceptional run in his first Chase attempt last year, but struggled throughout this season and never became a playoff contender.
Hendrick Motorsports has just two drivers — Johnson and Jeff Gordon — in this year’s Chase. Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked to be in good shape to make the playoffs earlier in the season, but both drivers faltered during the summer months. Get more NASCAR news on 1053thefan.com
Source: Sports Network.com