NASCAR Sprint Cup Series infamous final ten Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship races will begin this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Twelve drivers have clinched their chance at a bid to win the most famous trophy in all of motorsports, The Sprint Cup.
Several top drivers in year’s past such as Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch failed to have a chance at a dream this year, but other drivers who have a chance to fill those spots are the talents of Martin Truex Jr. and the likes of a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Jr. is NASCAR’s most popular driver many times over and has a strong fan base that is very proud of his rebound after several years of irrelevance.
Clint Bowyer signed on with Michael Waltrip Racing this year after being groomed with Richard Childress Racing. Clint was uncertain of his future after him and Richard could not reach a deal. Clint knew he had a sponsor, 5-Hour Energy that was willing to fund at least 15 races. After a strong start, 5-Hour Energy signed on for the season and gave a huge boost to the young new MWR Toyota Camry #15 race team.
Brad Keselowski squeezed in last year’s chase by the few baby hairs he had on his chin for his first championship run, but locked himself in this year’s chase pretty early with his 3 wins.
Brad has won a championship in the Nationwide Series and has been an early favorite with his tuff aggression and quick learning abilities.
The Chase puts all the drivers at a level playing field with ten races to go. With the Chase for the Sprint Cup opening this weekend in Chicagoland, all the drivers have the equal chance to be a Champion in racing’s biggest sport.
Some teams will fall and then rebound, others will start out strong and by bad luck fall behind. Some teams will keep an even string and stay out front. Only the strongthey will be still standing at Homestead when the season concludes to the final race. 10 races, 12 drivers, 7 different team owners and 4 car companies are willing to put it all on the line to taste the ultimate sweetness of being the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion.
Dreams will come true in ten weeks. Chase drivers and teams: START YOUR ENGINES! Crew Chiefs: START YOUR IPAD!
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