The Chase begins at Chicagoland
I'm sorry, but if that is what the Chase is all about, it is wrong.
Twelve drivers raced their hearts out during the regular season trying to gain a spot in the Chase, and they should not be counted out of the running before the very first "playoff game" is played.
After all, look a the Los Angeles Kings.
Yes, the top ten was reconfigured, based on wins and position during the regular season, but I don't believe we can count any driver out of the running - at least not yet.
In fact, look at the leaderboard for the first practice at Chicagoland. Right now the cars are on the track, and Martin Truex Jr, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski are leading the field. Yes, Brad is one of the top four in the standings, and yes, Denny Hamlin isn't far behind, but a point is a point, and as long as you have 43 cars in the field, we can't declare Denny, Jimmie, Brad or Tony to be the only ones with a chance at the 2012 Championship.
The Chase is on!
Other than the Chase, news was sparse in the racing world, this week, with the exception being Dale Jr's denial of rumors that he and girlfriend, Amy Reimann, would wed in the off-season. The two have been together for a couple of years now, with Amy slowly venturing out into the limelight with her man a time or two. She attended the awards banquet with him last year, and was at Michigan for his win earlier this year. One has to wonder if she is there all the time, just content to stay in the background in silent support of her man.
Whether they wed or not, it will be a sad day for thousands, perhaps millions, of single women everywhere.
I'm off to work, but hope to be around for the race on Sunday. Post your picks and thoughts on the Chase should you want and we'll see what all shakes out when we go racing on Sunday.