Tag:Chase for the Sprint Cup
Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:42 pm

Charting the Chase - Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The curtain came down on the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and with it the championship dreams of everyone except Jimmie Johnson were officially to put to rest:

(1st) - Carl Edwards
Goes into the off-season with back-to-back victories to savor and has laid early claim as perhaps the man who could unseat Johnson's run for a sixth straight title.

(2nd) - Jimmie Johnson
Cool under pressure as always, Johnson did exactly what he needed to do Sunday with a nothing flashy second place finish to add to his unprecedented assault on the NASCAR record book.

(3rd) - Kevin Harvick
Didn't get the help he needed to make the run from third to the title but the Richard Childress Racing turnaround story was still impressive in 2010.

(8th) - Tony Stewart
A top ten finish something to build on in what ultimately will be remembered as a disappointing championship season for Stewart that never got back on track after he ran out of fuel while leading in the New Hampshire Chase opener.

(9th) - Matt Kenseth
Did his usual consistency act to make the Chase but will need to up his game some in order to do more than simply qualify for the playoffs in 2011.

(10th) - Greg Biffle
Gave Roush Fenway Racing more to celebrate with wins this season and another consistent finish on Sunday.

(12th) - Clint Bowyer
The "What Might Have Been" thoughts have to be on Bowyer's mind as the off-season begins.

(14th) - Denny Hamlin
Fell short of his prediction a year ago that he would win this year's title but not by much. Hamlin established himself as one of the sport's powerhouses this year and expect him to be a serious contender for the 2011 crown.

(18th) - Kurt Busch
End of an era as Busch drove his final race in the Penske Racing Miller Lite Dodge on Sunday before moving over to the team's No. 22 Shell/Penzoil Dodge in 2011.

(31st) - Jeff Burton
Had a fast race car but slapped the wall hard enough to damage the Caterpillar Chevrolet enough to end any chance of contending.

(32nd) - Kyle Busch
His run at a three-peat weekend ended at after making contact with Kevin Harvick and the incident has more than a few fans salivating over a continued feud in 2011.

(37th) - Jeff Gordon
Blown engine ended Gordon's season without a notch in the win column and punctuated what ultimately be remembered as a disappointing campaign.
Posted on: November 14, 2010 6:38 pm

Charting the Chase - Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - You could probably hear the sound of high five slaps from NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach Sunday after the checkered flag flew in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are separated by only 46 with the top two only fifteen apart - the closest margin in the history of the Chase format:

(1st) - Carl Edwards

Made a big statement over the weekend with his Nationwide and Sprint Cup race sweep that he'll be a championship contender in 2011 and Roush Fenway Racing is back on track from its early season problems.

(4th) - Greg Biffle

Another Roush Ford with a top five finish and is certainly someone to watch next week at the Homestead finale where Biffle has been very tough throughout his Cup career.

(5th) - Jimmie Johnson

Somehow coaxed his last tank of fuel to the end to avoid devastation and those who tried to bury the four-time champ saw another example of why that's never a very good idea.

(6th) - Kevin Harvick

What looked like a disastrous mistake when a lug nut was left off on a pit stop turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the fuel cycle came back around and Harvick was able to outlast others who were forced to stop of gas in the closing laps.

(7th) - Matt Kenseth

Gave Roush three cars in the top ten and someone else to watch try and steal the thunder away from the title contenders with a win next Sunday in Homestead.

(9th) - Kurt Busch

A top ten confidence builder was what the Miller Lite team needed after struggling mightily the last few weeks.

(11th) - Jeff Gordon

The "old" 48 pit crew was serviceable but not outstanding. Gordon had an ill-handling car most of the day and did well to muster the 11th place run.

(12th) - Denny Hamlin

Had the point lead by the neck until the fuel mileage game bit Hamlin and crew chief Mike Ford and a dominating day ended in a very disappointing 12th place finish that saw the series top spot nearly slip out of their hands.

(13th) - Kyle Busch

Challenged teammate Hamlin for the lead at one point but slid back as the race wore on.

(17th) - Tony Stewart

Has not had much to shout about since early in the Chase and a less than stellar finish at a track Stewart considers one of his favorites.

(19th) - Jeff Burton

A much less eventful day than Burton's afternoon in Texas a week ago but never really in contention for anything but a top twenty finish.

(21st) - Clint Bowyer

Endured an afternoon of scrapes and tangles with a battered car finally coming home outside the top twenty.

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