NASCAR Race to the Chase Thoughts

By Brian Berg Jr.
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR season has moved into the summer months. They call this time the “Race to the Chase” since there is ten races left before the beginning of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The first random thought about NASCAR really isn’t about NASCAR but TNT. Yes we are already half way into TNT’s NASCAR coverage of the 2013 season. It just doesn’t seem to make sense to have a whole crew only cover six races out of the season. You can’t be a fan if you only watch six races out of a 36 race season, how good can you be only doing six races.

Speaking about the Chase for the Sprint Cup it appears that the top seven drivers ending with Dale Earnhardt Jr. are in. They can points race, race for wins or simply get ready for the Chase whatever they desire.

The drivers eighth on back to fifteenth are actually racing each other for a spot in the Chase. That is where the actual “Race to the Chase” is happening. Right now Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart are in the wild card spot due to their one race win. Last week’s winner, Martin Truex Jr. is tenth in points but if he slips his one win and high standings will push Tony out. If one of the other drivers win a race then the Race to the Chase will be interesting.

Bobby Labonte has been with the #47 team for a few years. Someone needs to explain to me why putting AJ Almendinger in the car will give them a better idea of what they have. If Bobby can’t even get off pit road without an oil pump breaking how can they expect any different from AJ?

Denny Hamlin is 75 points out of twentieth place. He will not make the Chase this year. It is a shame, it would have been one heck come back story. He still has a mathematical chance but the odds of winning two races and stringing ten top five finishes together are slim to none, especially given the way he has been running.

The “Race to the Chase” begins this week at Kentucky Speedway. Watch because some of the stars of NASCAR may not make it to the Chase.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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