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That Brit From Over There writes:
"That time of year again..."
Posted by Riverside on September 16, 2010
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The Chase. In ten weeks, we?ll have our first champion of the new decade. Of the twelve men taking the final step to becoming champion, five have already won, meaning statistically, there is better chance of a crowning a new champ than a previous one adding another to their collections. However, they do have 12 titles between them, so what chance do those searching for their first championship have? Who has the best shout at the title?

Chase appearances: 5
Best finish: 3rd (2006)

Denny would be the favourite for this years title. He has more wins than anyone else and comes into this years Chase on a roll. However, his Chase luck has let him down in the past, especially last year where it was two wins too late after three finishes of 37th or less. To improve on his 3rd place in his rookie season, surely consistency is the key to winning for Denny.

Chase appearances: 4
Best finish: 4th (2006, 2008)

Kevin has led the points since Talladega and has for most of the season. 10top ten finishes in the last 15 races helped make him the first driver in the chase and make him a great bet for the championship. What does Kev need? Well, the same consistency he?s had throughout the year plus a couple of wins is all it could take for Harvick to add a Sprint Cup to his Busch titles.

Chase appearances: 4
Best finish: 5th (2007)

Kyle was the biggest disappointment of last year, failing to make the Chase, even with four wins in the bag. Though he won the Nationwide last year, it didn?t satisfy him enough. He wants the Sprint Cup badly. And why not? He holds most of the records known to NASCAR and yet the Sprint Cup has eluded him. His biggest worry is bad finishing in the Chase; just look at 2008. 8 wins and nothing to show for it.

Chase appearances: 4
Best finish: 2nd (2005)

Greg has come close, runner-up to Tony Stewart in his breakthrough season, losing by only 35 points. For me this season, Greg has sat in the background, going with the flow and done just enough to make it in and that just doesn?t cut it in the chase. For him to win, he needs to rediscover his 2005 and 2008 forms if he is to win his first title at the age of 40.

Chase appearances: 5
Best finish: 2nd (2008)

It?s slightly ironic that if the Chase didn?t exist, Carl would be a champ. But he rolls into the 2010 Chase with no wins. Same as last year. The man needs wins. And decent finishes. Both wouldn?t go a miss. On the flip side, Carl has finished in the top 10 in 8 out of the last 9 races, so he is another man on a roll. The results look promising, he just needs to follow it up.

Chase appearances: 4
Best finish: 6th (2008)

Jeff has helped the Childress resurgence this year after their torrid 2009. But let?s face it, Jeff isn?t getting any younger, and while the oldest man in the field comfortably made the chase, his record in the chase has not been great, and it maybe that out of the 12, he has the smallest chance of winning.

Chase appearances: 3
Best finish: 3rd (2007)

The road to the Chase has been long but rewarding for Clint. Mainly competing with Mark Martin on the Chase bubble, he helped all RCR cars finish in the top 12. However, Clints best finish this year is 4th and he?s finished 4th four times. He needs more, much more, for a hope of being champion.

Ultimately, consistent results, coupled with a win or two, will lead to the title. These seven drivers have a chance to race into the history books as 2010 Sprint Cup champ, but they need to overcome five other drivers with plenty of experience of being a champ. I look forward to this years Chase, hopefully one of the closest yet.

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