Okay, now we’ve entered the whatever point of the CHASE, I have to pick a new favorite to win it all. I’m rooting for Ryan Newman to make it to the final round with NO WINS just to rub it in the faces of NASCAR brass how silly this CHASE concept truly is. The emphasis on wins is ridiculous. Rusty Wallace lost the championship to Dale Earnhardt in 1993 while winning ten races. I was there for the somber season finale; his tenth win. The entire day was overshadowed by the loss of the defending champion, Alan Kulwicki, and the up and coming star, Davey Allison. Anyway, NASCAR concocted the Chase after Matt Kenseth won the championship with consistency in 2003 while only scoring one victory all season. This idea of second place is the first loser is crap and it undermines the efforts of the 42 other teams who give it their all, sacrificing their bodies, time with family and other moments they can never get back. The CUP schedule is grueling. Many drivers dislike the countless obligations week after week. For NASCAR to undermine their sacrifices by focusing solely on winners is crap.
Go Ryan Newman!