Sprint Cup Teams Roar Into Michigan Looking to Clinch Chase Spot

As the Sprint Cup season pushes thru the “Dog Days” of summer, crunch time has fallen upon a few drivers trying desperately to make the chase. With only 12 spots available in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, several drivers are willing to make their bid for a championship at any cost.

After coming off of one of the best races of the season that brought us a last lap dash for the victory between 3 very eager drivers, NASCAR finally made the Sunday night highlights without it being some horrific crash or a failed drug test.
Kyle Busch was the class of the field most of the race but unknowingly by the drivers and NASCAR, Bobby Labonte was leaking oil all over the racing groove in the closing laps. It caused quite a shakeup when cars started leaning into corners slipping and sliding all over the race course. The cars of Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose were quickly able to catch up to the leader when Kyle’s car came off the race course coming to the last lap. Kyle come down and pinched Brad into the corner, a little contact was made, and around come Kyle Busch. That set us up for a last lap cat and mouse, or better yet good ole boy race down the back roads for the cash that race fans will be talking about for ages.

After swap after swap for the lead, Marcos was finally able to get in front of Keselowski for good in the last corner, bringing home his second victory at Watkins Glen in consecutive years. With his victory and position in the points, by far this is setting the stage for maybe the best race to the chase that has ever been seen since the inception of this format for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Championship.

Several drivers; Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, Kasey Kane, Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose and Jeff Gordon all still have a chance to make the chase with another cup win in the next races leading up to Richmond.
If you missed last weekend’s race, make sure you tune into the action this weekend as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series visits Michigan. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won their back in June and is looking to clinch his spot in the chase.

The magic number this weekend is 145, which means if a driver has 145 point lead in front of 11th place position in the championship points, the driver will clinch a spot in this year’s chase. Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Brad Keselowski all have a mathematical chance to clinch their spot.

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