After 26 weeks of NASCAR action, it is now time for the main event... The Chase for the Championship!
If it is anything like last year, we are in for a treat with LOTS of action, drama, potential scraps on and off the track, and eventually the crowning of a champion.
Now, you will NEVER hear me say I am an expert at NASCAR. But I will make an attempt at picking who will win the championship.
Here we go...
I would be a crazy man to not pick a driver from the stable of Joe Gibbs Racing but call me crazy. JGR has won 11 of this year's 26 races with 4 from both Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, 2 from Carl Edwards, and 1 from Denny Hamlin. They will be strong in the Chase and may even have 2 drivers in the final Championship 4, but something tells me in this format something is going to go wrong and the ultimate champ won't come from this very formidable 4. Once again, you can all me crazy or loco if you speak Spanish.
What about the sentimental favorite Jeff Gordon? He qualified for the Chase in this his final season as a full time drive in Sprint Cup racing. It would be nice to see him go out on top but I'm just not feeling it. He hasn't won a race all season and has never won a championship in any Chase format. With no real success as far as winning races this season, I just can't pick Jeff, but I would love to be wrong when the series get to Homestead in November.
I'm not going to go thru all 16 drivers so let's cut to the chase... no pun intended.
Here is my Championship 4-- Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, and defending champ Kevin Harvick.
My pick to win the title is the driver who won the first race of the season, the Daytona 500, and that is Joey Logano.
The 25 year old driver made the Championship 4 last season so I like that experience.
He has 3 wins this season.
In the last 5 races, he has 4 top 5 finishes with a 7th place finish in the other race. 2 of his wins have come in the last 5 races.
Things may not start well this week in Chicago as he has an average finish of 15th, but then again he may surprise and I think his finish will be much better than 15th as he begins his run to the Chase title which would be the first of his career.
Whoever wins it will earn it under this format. So let's get ready for the most exciting time of the season as they get ready to crown a champ.
By the way, the only race under the lights in the Chase will be right here in Charlotte at the Bank of America 500. Who can forget the after race scrap between Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski after last year's race. That's what makes this time of the year for NASCAR racing so great.
I can't wait to see what the next 10 weeks have in store.
So who do you think will win the Chase?