Next week starts the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title. It was a pretty exciting run up to the Chase, while many of the races were not.
There were possibilities that the little guys like Paul Menard, David Ragan and Regan Smith might make the Chase, but they could not pull it off.
It seemed like Dale Jr. just didn't want to be in the Chase as he tried every which way in the last few weeks to screw things up, especially in this week's Richmond race when he intentionally spun out Travis Kvapil and was just darn lucky Kvapil did not retaliate. He's not going anywhere in the race for the championship. If it were not for start and parkers, Dale probably would not have been in the Chase, so he's not going anywhere.
Will Jimmy Johnson repeat? I doubt it. Too many drivers want it worse than 5 Time and the 48 team just doesn't seem to working on all cylinders right now.
Brad Keslowski and Denny Hamlin have been too inconsistent to stay in contention.
Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch don't seem to have the cars this year to win races down the stretch.
Kevin Harvick seems to have too many enemies who would love to spin Harvick out or sabotage Harvick in someway, so I don't think he will have much of a chance.
That leaves Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth to fight for the title. Busch has 13 top 5 finishes followed by Edwards with 12, Gordon with 10 and Kenseth with 7, so that seems to eliminate Kenseth.
Busch seems to have matured this year and has won a lot of races in all the series, but in the past, he has choked when it mattered, so I eliminated Busch.
So, Edwards or Gordon. Roush vs Hendrick. The two best teams in NASCAR. My prediction is that Jeff Gordon will be the winner of the Chase based on that he has been winning or close to winning at the right time, so I am going with Jeff Gordon for the Championship.
So, now go and bet against me.
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