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Flat Spot On: Snore-dom In The Chase For The Cup

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, September 28 2013

Matt Kenseth either wins too much or not enough. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Top Ten Tweets from the first two weeks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup:

1. Matt Kenseth is threatening to make the Chase boring by winning too much. (Poor guy still gets credit for creating the need for the Chase format after NOT winning enough in 2003 when the title was decided by season-long points.)

2. According to my “fan” mail, at least 20 percent of NASCAR fans still think the Chase is bogus. (Life is not like it used to be – and when was it ever?)

3. The Chase would be far more interesting if Clint Bowyer was a contender. (Because it would only be a matter of time before one of the Chevy rivals would take him out of contention as a payback for Richmond.)

4. NASCAR didn’t lose its integrity at Richmond. (Michael Waltrip Racing and Bowyer did.)

5. If you want to see a racing rivalry these days, you have to go to the movies. (Does anyone expect leaders Kenseth, teammate Kyle Busch and “Gentleman Jimmie” Johnson to get into it before the Chase is over?)

6. What NASCAR needs is a chain-smoking, beer-swilling playboy like James Hunt, currently being portrayed in the movie “Rush”. (Perfect for a sponsor like, say, 25-hour Energy Drink.)

7. Draw your own conclusions on NAPA leaving Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip’s team, but when a

Martin Truex Jr. and teammate Clint Bowyer. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

major team sponsor doesn’t see an opportunity to win a championship, it’s time to go. (Case in point – Lowe’s leaves Mike Skinner and RCR for Hendrick Motorsports and a new kid named Johnson.)

8. Racing is getting faster everywhere, not just with the Gen 6 cars in the Sprint Cup. (Speed produces better TV visuals, whether in MotoGP, Formula 1 or NASCAR, all home to lucrative TV contracts.)

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. starting on pole at Dover is a reminder that his father had remarkably few poles in his career. (Earnhardt Sr., who earned 22 number one starts in 676 races, evidently just didn’t care much about qualifying.)

10. Is this finally Kyle Busch’s year, because he hasn’t worn himself out prior to the Chase? (His stats indicate fewer races in the Nationwide series and Camping World Trucks has been good for him – judging by his winning percentage in total starts this year in NASCAR’s top three touring series.)

– Jonathan Ingram can be reached at jingram@racintoday.com

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, September 28 2013
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  • squatting dog says:

    Kyle Busch hasn’t worn himself out this year in cup light? Lets see, he’s only won 10 of the 28 races so far, plus, he’s finished in the top five 7 more times. That’s a total of 17 races he’s either won or finished top five… yeah, that sounds like he’s really backed off this year.

  • NASCAR No Credibility says:

    Yes they did and Tim made some life mistakes that cost him his life and NASCAR shunned him in the end and even to this day.

  • sal says:

    NASCAR already had it’s hard living glamour boy…Tim Richmond.