Ned Ryan from USA Today wrote earlier this week, “In trotting out the Chase for the Sprint Cup overhaul during a nationally televised news conference in January, NASCAR chairman Brian France made 25 references to either ‘wins’ or ‘winning’ in stumping for a playoff designed to weed out the scourge of pesky ‘points racing’ – settling for a solid result rather than striving for greatness – that often had dominated its championship storylines.”
If you’re a Cup fan, chances are you have one favorite and a couple of guys you don’t mind and about a dozen others you just hate – hate is strong word, so I’m going with dislike. You’ll never admit it, but most ran fans are biased.
Of course that’s because they reset the points for the third time in the past six events. The field of contenders dropped from a dozen to eight. Gone are Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. That leaves Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
Before I get to that – A grand jury has decided Tony Stewart will not face charges for his role in the on-track death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Prosecutors in upstate New York made the announcement Wednesday, the 24th, just hours after the grand jury finished hearing testimony in the case.