Chase for the Cup
Kevin Harvick is already guaranteed a spot in the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, so he has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
NASCAR says Tony Stewart will be allowed to compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship if he qualifies despite missing three races.
Matt Kenseth says he’s not feeling locked into NASCAR’s championship Chase until he’s really locked in.
Before anyone engraves Johnson’s name on the Sprint Cup, a little history lesson is needed. While it has been proven that Johnson can win titles, he has also shown that he can lose them.
Matt Kenseth did his best to put on a brave face following his worst performance of the season, which just happened to come at the worst possible time in his championship battle with Jimmie Johnson.
The four-time Cup champion is just happy to be in the conversation with three races left in the season. And it’s better than the questions he was getting earlier this season about retiring or what changes were needed for his team.
As the AAA Texas 500 weekend approaches, now is a good time to sit back and think about this track’s history. Even at 17 years old this track is still a baby compared to the long history and tradition of other tracks on the tour.
Sunday will be the most chaotic race of the chase. Some drivers need to make bold moves and make up points, some need to impress and put their name front and center so they can find a 2014 ride, and some need to end their winless streaks.
Vickers is sidelined for the remainder of the year with a blood clot in his right leg. He cannot race because of blood thinner medication he’s taking to treat the clot.
Considering where Jeff Gordon was after Richmond, left out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in part due to some late-race shenanigans, he couldn’t have been happier on Sunday.
These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.
It took a little arm-twisting from the men in suits, but we arguably have the deepest and most talented group of playoff drivers in the history of NASCAR’s Chase format.