By admin | October 18, 2011
By Richard Allen
If they’re not careful, drivers Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger are going to make a habit of posting strong runs within the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship. Each seems to be establishing himself as somewhat of a ‘Chase buster’ by running well and scoring points that those competing for the NASCAR title would very much like to have.
In Saturday’s running of the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kahne looked like a potential winner as the race drew to its conclusion. Eventually, the driver who is headed for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012 came home with a 4th place result. It was his third consecutive top-5 finish.
Kahne’s worst finish since the playoff began was a 15th in New Hampshire. He has run well enough over the last five races that he would be in fifth place overall had he qualified for the Chase. This from a driver and team who many believed would simply throw in the towel and look toward their futures rather than put in the effort to succeed over these final races.
Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Ambrose and Allmendinger have also seen multiple top-10 runs within the Chase.
For Ambrose, Saturday’s 5th place was his third consecutive such effort. The Australian driver had posted a pair of 9th places in Dover and Kansas leading into this past weekend.
Allmendinger finished 7th in Charlotte to go along with a previous 7th in Dover. The #43 driver has scored seven top-12 results in his last ten races.
During the final ten races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, those drivers outside the chase may not get nearly as much press coverage as their contending counterparts but that doesn’t mean they won’t play a role in determining who will win the title. The drivers mentioned above are certainly doing their part to make the Chasers earn whatever they get.
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