Monday, August 23, 2010

Sprint Cup 2010: Race 24, Not Much Fight Left for Chase Spots

Only one position left up for grabs in the 2010 Chase. Do the math and it's only Clint Bowyer's to lose.

A week off and two weeks left to decide the field for the champsionship drive for this year, and the finalists are close to beign decided with little left to fight for but positions within the top 12.

So what’s left of the Chase? If Jamie McMurray won the lat two races before the field is set after Richmond’s race, Clint Bowyer would have to finish in 8th have to finish in 8th or lower for both races to tie in points giving McMurray the spot by virtue of his victories. The task gets tougher for Mark Martin with zero wins despite only being one point behind McMurray.

The “bubble” is toughing. Here’s the margin drivers are looking to overcome.

13- Jamie McMurray…100 points
14- Mark Martin…101 points
15- Ryan Newman…118 points
16- Kasey Kahne…136 points

Junior fans, forget about it, in 18th position, Little E needs to vault ahead six drivers not to mention 170 points. It’s over, and given Kyle Busch’s historical performance, if Rick Hendrick had it to do over, would he have let “Shrub” drift away for “Little E?”

For those who are ready to stick a fork in Jimmie Johnson for his dreadful performance dropping four positions in the standings Sunday, don’t forget, he is tied with Denny Hamlin with five victories. Unless Denny Hamlin wins another race, they will be tied for first in the “Chase” field. With three wins each, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch can only tie for first with Johnson and Hamlin. Meanwhile six top 12 drivers do not have a single victory in 2010, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, and Clint Bowyer. Put another way, the top four drivers have 2/3’s of this years wins!

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