Tag:Texas Motor Speedway
Posted on: November 2, 2008 11:52 am
Edited on: November 2, 2008 11:54 am

RaceDay: Texas

As Jimmie Johnson speeds away to his third straight Sprint Cup title, the topic of conversation in the Texas Motor Speedway garage area has focused on two things this weekend - the Chase format and the economy.

Despite Jack Roush's plea last week that each Chase driver get a mulligan during the ten race playoff schedule, throwing out his worst finish of the stretch, most every other driver is in favor of leaving the format alone.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sounded off about it during his media session with Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and others chiming in with similar feelings.

NASCAR should not tinker with a format that is still in its infancy at five years old and making a knee jerk reaction because this year's title is going to be a landslide that would make Barack Obama or John McCain jealous would be dead wrong.

There is a very good chance Johnson will have the thing wrapped up before Homestead, which brings us to the other hot issue being discussed this weekend.

If there is no reason to come to Homestead with the championship no longer on the line, will fans cancel their trips and save thousands of dollars in airline, hotel and other travel costs?

There will be empty seats in Texas on Sunday, not anything like the ghost town we saw in Atlanta last week thankfully, and next week's stop in Phoenix is also not a sell out.

Homestead still has plenty of tickets available that will sit in a neat pile in the track ticket office if as expected, Johnson takes the drama out of the final event and thousands of fans decide to stay home.

We're already seeing several media members bow out of covering the series on a week-in and week-out basis because of budget woes and travel costs. How many outlets will staff that final race if there really isn't a story to tell?

Johnson isn't doing anything wrong and will win his record-setting championship by following the rules and doing a better job than any other driver or team.

But the ramifications of his runaway title will have major implications.



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