NASCAR

After sampling a few online articles following Sunday’s Chase opener at Loudon, I find it interesting that most members of the NASCAR media (i.e., anyone with access to a blog) still find the Chase boring.

Anyone who's familiar with this column knows predictions aren't my strong suit (you should see my fantasy team), but we all have to do it at this time of year. And, hey, they can be fun at times, like the year I picked Elliott Sadler, or was it Jeremy Mayfield? I forget.

Saw a story the other day titled, “Should Talladega be in the Chase?” Being from the South, of course, I thought why not?

If it’s drama you want, then Saturday night’s Sprint Cup regular-season finale at Richmond should provide plenty. Only the top four spots heading into the race are locked into the Chase for the championship.

Though I’m sure NASCAR would prefer a couple of other names be involved (wink, wink), there is at least some drama left in the cut to the Chase this year.

OK, raise your hand if you were secretly (or not so secretly) rooting for Mark Martin to stick his bumper to Kyle Busch last Saturday at Bristol. What a story: Good guy Martin teaches bad boy Busch a lesson about acting up on the track.

We've seen this movie before: Uber-talented driver can't seem to put emotional demons behind him.

Mark Martin had every right to vent. His crew chief had just made perhaps the worst decision of the Sprint Cup season, one that might be remembered as the key reason the veteran driver isn’t a part of the Chase field.

This is the time of year when drivers are divided into two distinct groups: those going all out for wins and those who are points racing. However, even if it’s clear a driver is being careful, he rarely admits it.

Ready for the return of the muscle car in NASCAR?

OK, I’ve had it with NASCAR’s speed traps.

From listening to driver interviews and watching practice, it seems as if Goodyear has solved whatever the tire problem was that ruined last year’s Brickyard 400.

Maybe Jeremy Mayfield should have talked to Richard Gasquet before he mounted his public defense against NASCAR.

I have to admit it was a bit of a downer earlier this week to hear that Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart had buried the hatchet over their last-lap wreck at Daytona. With those two hotheads, you figured, there had to be some fireworks coming.

Jeff Gordon someday may become a full-time race team owner, and he’s learned some valuable lessons driving for Rick Hendrick. Some of those lessons have left him shaking his head.

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