Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sprint Cup 2010: Race 28, Results -- the Plot Thickens

Never before has the Sprint Cup chase been so tight after three weeks of competition. On the strength of his victory in Kansas, Greg Biffle gained one position in the standings and is 85 points out of the top spot. Two drivers, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards gained two positions. Jeff Gordon picked up three. The Busch brothers lost ground. Kurt lost two while Kyle, who got spun out by an angry David Reutimann, lost four positions is 80 points out. Only four drivers are 100 points or more out: Jeff Burton, -101; Tony Stewart, -127; Matt Kenseth, -149, and Clint Bowyer, 150 points of his deficit are penalty deductions, stands -252 out. He’d be in 10th, right behind Jeff Burton otherwise.

Meanwhile, the driver who finished second in the race, gained one position in the standings is now in first place. That driver is Jimmie Johnson. He leads Denny Hamlin by just 8 points, Kevin Harvick by 30, Carl Edwards by 53, and Jeff Gordon by 58. Any of those four drivers could catch up with just one strong race and a little misfortune by the #48 team.

Still, in the “drive for five” how can the Sprint Cup chase field not be thinking, “Here we go again.”

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