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Best Case Scenario: All This Controversy Will Kill the Chase

By admin | September 11, 2013

Could we be lucky enough that Brian France will decide to kill the Chase after all this nonsense? Probably not. 

By Richard Allen

After a race that was billed by many as one of the great Chase for the Sprint Cup deciding events in the history of the NASCAR playoff, it would be hard to imagine more things going wrong than have gone wrong for the sanctioning body over the last few days. What initially appeared to be a down-to-the-wire finish in which the final spots among the twelve drivers who were to make the showdown went right to the wire turned out to be a contrived hoax.

Almost immediately, media and fans alike began to question the outcome after things went a bit too perfectly for the Michael Waltrip Racing organization. Driver Martin Truex, Jr. barely squeaked into the Chase field when he ended up in a tie with Ryan Newman but won out on a tie-breaker. As it turns out, however, the whole thing had been scripted as MWR teammates Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers brought out cautions and lost positions in the final laps to aid their fellow driver.

Also, Jeff Gordon ended up on the short end of the deal when he fell just shy of making the Chase as a result of the shenanigans.

NASCAR officials uncovered the hoax and replaced Truex in the Chase field of twelve with Newman in what had to be an embarrassing admission that one of their races had been fixed right under their noses. After making headlines, even the mainstream media, the sanctioning body’s troubles seemed to be behind them as they attempted to focus attention on the upcoming Chase opener in Chicago with a national media tour.

However, yet another bit of manipulation may now have been uncovered. Some suspicious chatter between the Penske Racing team of Joey Logano and the Front Row Racing team of David Gilliland has now come to light. There at least appears to be the possibility that a second organization conspired to fix the outcome.

It seems as if the everyone is angry in what has spiraled into a no win situation for NASCAR. Some believe the penalties against MWR were too harsh against Truex while others think the sanctions weren’t strong enough against Bowyer. Gordon fans are upset because they believe their driver was cheated out of an opportunity to compete for his fifth Sprint Cup title. Now, everyone involved in the original mess is further outraged with the new Logano/Gilliland revelation.

I wrote earlier this week of my firm belief that all this nonsense is the direct result of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Making the playoff has become the one and only benchmark for success in NASCAR. Little else matters, including major race wins. Drivers and teams are considered failures if they don’t qualify, even if they have won races during the season.

As a result, teams are willing to do whatever it takes to get in, including the worst thing in all of sports- fix the outcome of an event.

This whole mess could not be more embarrassing for the sport and those run it, sponsor it and participate in it. Even though it is a pipe dream on my part, my greatest hope would be that NASCAR would have its eyes opened to the detriment done to this sport by the contrived method of providing a close championship battle for the TV networks.

Such will never happen but a person can dream, can’t they?

Racing is not a playoff sport like football or baseball. It’s just not. It is meant to be decided over the long haul with consistency and perseverance being the hallmarks.

When the championship was decided over the full 36 race season, the individual races mattered more. That was especially true when the title fight got narrowed down to just two or three drivers, leaving the rest of the field with nothing to do but try to add wins to their totals.

There will no doubt be some who point out the “boring” 2003 season as proof that the Chase is a necessity. Was it really that boring just because the championship was settled early? Do the individual races mean so little that they are nothing more than stepping stones to a title?

It will never happen, but I wish NASCAR would be so embarrassed by this situation that they find themselves in to decide to abandon the folly of trying to make this a playoff sport.

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30 Responses to “Best Case Scenario: All This Controversy Will Kill the Chase”

  1. Erich Says:
    September 11th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Amen! Dumping the chase is the only way I could rekindle an interest in this dead sport. I also agree that Brian France is too egotistical or too clueless to ever make the change. My guess is he’s too clueless–how can a reasonably smart person try to make a playoff system for a sport that doesn’t use head-to-head, two-team eliminations? Again, he’s catering to TV networks that benefit more in the ratings from a suspense-building, climatic points race. Why do you think there are so many other “chases” during the season like the “race to the chase?” Yuck–NA$CAR just thinks we’re stupid. They don’t realize that their old, traditional fans migrated to other forms of racing (like dirt late models) years ago.

  2. Gregory D. Howe Says:
    September 11th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    What makes it illegal to pit when pit road isn’t closed? That’s simply savvy strategy.

    Bowyer’s spin was truly pernicious as it might have caused bodily harm. But thank goodness it happened for I fear Edwards may not have been able to catch Newman in the allotted time and distance.

    Hasn’t The Chase just highlighted what had already been taking place for years, i.e., only one driver in the top 12 in points with ten races to go ever won a NASCAR Championship?

  3. Robert Green Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    The Chase adds to the allure of NASCAR. How drivers and teams qualify for the Chase is the problem. There’s just too much emphasis on points and not nearly enough on outright winning. Make winning much more rewarding than second, third and so on. Finally any race winner during the preliminary 26 races takes presedence over any non-winner regardless of their points accumulation status. Under those circumstances it would be a very rare occurrence to see a 22nd place finish lead to a place in the chase…

  4. Ann Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Well another nugget was dropped without all the facts and now Penske has a double whammy to deal with. First off all the folks who though the less then stellar for a few years Jeff Gordon by virture of a decent race has been robbed of the Chase and young Logano with much better stats and a season should get the boot, all this based on a mythical scenario of Newman winning the Chase and Jeffy never blowing a tire or an engine, well you get the idea. Nobody knows what could have happened to any of the field. This was a no win situation for Nascar, even if another caution came out after this one fans would be screaming their driver got robbed “if this last caution didn’t happen”, but by their decision they said yes we know we know what would have happened and awarded and punished how they saw fit. Naturally Jeff, feeling his entitlement has his wife, his boss and himself using any social media around to state their case, and the sheep are buying it in droves. Now…it is announced today via the splashy headlines that a team helped Logano get into the Chase, now more idiots are calling for his head. Please for the love of Mary tell me when this has been going since the beginning of time, sharing and using information how this is deemed illegal in Nascar’s little black book? The Court of Uninformed Public Opinion has the Penske team on the spit. Does anybody have a historical sense of what they are raging about. My family and I have talk about this and are this close to turning off Nascar all together because of the decisions they made. Nascar has made this perfect storm over the years and the decision they made in Richmond last week was knee jerk, and these types of “deals” that are made all the time are now under the “umbrella of cheating” which is not true. Sad times Nascar. Get rid of the Chase and let them all race till Homestead. There are 100 different scenarios that play out each race with people helping people. Nascar better hire more people to review each and every scenario. It is not fair to teams to change the rules in the middle of the game, but I am betting Nascar will cave to HMS/JEFFY, even though this is how strategy is played out every race.

  5. zhills fan Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 4:26 am

    ARE YOU READY TO RRRUUUMMMMBBBBLLLLEEEEEEEEE!

  6. Bill B Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Right on Rich! I remember many of us speculating that the “sport” would devolve into this type of mess. And in 2004 (or was it 2005?) when gentleman Dale Jarrett went out and purposely wrecked Ryan Newman because Newman ruined his chase chances, it was obvious that something had changed and that something was lost.

    With 43 competitors, multi-car teams and machines involved there are just too many variables to police a playoff system. If you can’t police it and keep things honest why have it?

  7. Russ Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Whether the uncovering of the shenanigans at Richmond impacts the “Chase” depends on one thing. What is the reaction of corporate America. Do they continue to write the big checks for a sport which has been unmasked like this. Or, do they move on to other ways to market their products.
    Nascar of course would prefer to continue as is, there are too many egos involved to do otherwise. But if there is a threat to the pocketbook all bets are off.

  8. Lydia Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I don’t care for The Chase..I don’t care for the overly long season..but I mostly don’t care for how freakin’ stupid some of these teams have gotten! Folks are correct.. Team orders, unnecessary spins, extra pitting, and dragging the brake ..all in order to help a team mate have been going on since multi car teams have been in NASCAR! But.. The difference now is technology! Every word teams say over their radios (even if they switch channels) is caught on tape by NASCAR or the media. On pit road as much as humanly possible is captured by a reporter or just a wandering looky loo.. Why in heavens name in this day and age would any team chance broadcasting their “race plans” when they know it’s going to come back and bite them in the butt? I don’t think MWR got penalized for cheating..I think it was for out and out stupidity! I will say with the 38/22 controversy..Penske (or the “big dog”) and his “cronies” were at least smart enough to never utter a word over the radio ..so I doubt NASCAR can do much…a lesson MWR learned the hard way!

  9. GinaV24 Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Good! If ending the idiotic gimmick of the “chase” is the end result of this, I will be very happy.

    Am I still pissed that Gordon who did race his way into it is still out this year? As a long time fan of Gordon’s, you bet.

    I’ve never been a fan of Mikey’s, but when he was doing his loveable idiot act on Speed’s Inside Winston Cup show, he was marginally funny as long as Schrader was there to keep him in line. Now, I see nothing funny at all about this guy or the actions of his organization & although he’s willing to throw Norris & his drivers under the bus, it’s still his name on the door.

    Notice that Brian France has had nothing to say?

    Notice that DW has had nothing to say? Kind of amazing considering DW’s “jaws” nickname was and is still, very apt.

    It’s time for the chase to go. Get back to what made racing fun & race ALL the races for the whole season and see how it ends in November. Then maybe the TV people will actually get back to covering the races instead of just the 12 chosen ones.

  10. Mike Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    This will change absolutely nothing. It is part of it and NASCAR loves the publicity.

  11. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I know I have been the Drum Major and Minor for years,Rich, for the almighty bootski to this chase. And, too, I feel Sportsmanship or Sportswomanship should be brought as a same caution or red as the Winston West. The NASCAR Rulebook was more cut and dry in the 90s. even with the Gray Areas, and once NASCAR made the car Cut and Dry, using NASCAR Jurisdicted Lines (Scanners,Radio) or making it appear favorable for your teammate or friend brings up ethics. I feel a lot us are happy to put 2013 in the rear view mirror, even those with “ANY…PAYING….JOBS or ANY…STUDY…ANYWHERE!”

  12. Sue Rarick Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    First: What happened between Penske and Front Row didn’t affect the Chase standings. Even without that spot Lagano would still be in the Chase because he had a ‘WIN’ and Gordon didn’t. Fine the hell out of the teams for being stupid enough to broadcast it but do we really need Gordon running around in mid pack whining about this and that driver?

    Second: I totally agree the Chase is and has always been a farce. To some extent Nascar IS responsible for the cheating. They have heaped plenty of monetary benefits for making the Chase. This is akin to putting a delicious cherry pie on the table and making the kids scout honor they won’t touch it. The kids will touch it.

  13. Robert Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    The chase was supposed to make wins count more for winning a title, since Kenseth only had one win in 2003 to take the title. I would love to see a winless champion this year. Maybe that would make ‘em rethink things. Only problem is there are only 3 winless drivers in the chase, Bowyer, Kurt B. and Junior. Obviously Bowyer doesn’t need to win it,Busch already has one, and being a Junior fan, I would hate to have to hear how his only title was tainted with no wins. What to do…what to do?!

  14. Christian Budd Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    NASCAR just can’t protect itself from it’s own poor decision making. Right now, they are having to review Joey Logano/David Gilliland potential cheating for one reason… They penalized the wrong action in the first place with MWR!

    Instead of penalizing the OBVIOUS intentional self spin by Bowyer (NASCAR was too afraid to show any muscle and made itself look very weak with this decision) they penalized based on Brian Vickers giving up positions on the race track. While what Vickers did is sleazy and underhanded, it also happens EVERY SINGLE WEEK, and is totally impossible to police.

    Good job NASCAR! The cat is out of the bag and he’s tearing down the house!

  15. Bill B Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    No Sue, more like throwing a steak into a pack of wolves.

  16. Russ Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Sue, you just highlighted the problem. Do you (not you personally) condone some level of “fixing” the result of a race, not just the Chase, because it doesn’t matter? What level of team orders is tolerated? What do you mean by team? Does it include the satellites?
    Interesting times as they say, but this is a crossroads for Nascar, the results of what they do, or don’t do will be far reaching.

  17. midasmicah Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    The chase must go. That, in itself, may rekindle my love of the sport. But the powers of nas$car don’t seem to be satisfied with shooting themselves in the foot. They’re aiming for the head now. And race wins aren’t that important anymore.

  18. Michael in SoCal Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I know I’m im the minority when I say this, but I’m actually a fan of the Chase format. I like how Nascar was able to have a playoff-type scenario within the existing races. I know the Chase coverage is highly lacking in coverage of non-Chase drivers, but that is a TV issue, not a Chase issue.

    My big beef with all of the events of this past week is that Nascar is receiving a huge amount of media coverage (remember, there’s no such thing as bad media coverage), and they are going to start the Chase off in Chicagoland, home of the most ho-hum boring mile-and-a-half Dull D cookie cutter racetrack that may at best give us one mediocre race this weekend, out of the three races it is hosting. What a waste.

  19. mrclause Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    There’s a big problem with doing away with the chase, contracts with sponsors. Mikey said it himself, the business that is MWR has as it’s business model added income from his sponsors tied to making the chase. MWR forecasts that added income into each budget. So in large part NASCAR has once again zip tied their own hands.

    The chase is totally without merit but, how does NASCAR get away from it? It’s become too ingrained in the sport.

  20. RC Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Jimmy (nuthin to lose) is guilty too by wrecking his car when he did. It chaged the outcome also.
    Hot Dog wrappers too. Fine them all.

    What BS

  21. Ron Fox Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    All I can say is that I’m glad I’m not an innocent man on trial with NASCAR as the judge and most reporters and fans as the jury. I’d probably be hung from the highest tree regardless of the facts presented in my case.

    Let’s take a look at some of the “issues” NASCAR, the media and fans are so riled up about. For the record I’m about as “by the rules” kind of person as you will probably ever find. However, I believe in fairness and getting the facts straight as well.

    NASCAR handed down their penalties… and there’s probably more coming… stating that MWR manipulated the outcome of the race. IF intentional (as most of us have surmised), Clint Bowyer spinning out absolutely changed the outcome of the race. However, that hasn’t been proved and probably can’t beyond a reasonable doubt. So, the sanctioning body looked at the late pit stops of the 15 and 55 which, in fact, altered who made it into “The Chase”; namely their own teammate, Martin Truex Jr. As teammates, and nothing really to gain at that point by either team, I don’t blame them. I just think they could have been a little more inconspicuous. So, the REAL issue is points leading to “The Chase” rather than the final results if you follow what I’m saying. Well, let’s think about that for a moment. Every time a “start and park” team goes to the garage within the first 40 laps of a race, doesn’t THAT affect the points towards the championship? Let’s say Greg Biffle blows an engine 30 laps into a race. He finishes 38th in that race because there are already five teams out for the day for various “mechanical problems”. Are we going to lower the boom on the S&P teams because…. really…. those FIVE teams chose not to race more than 30 laps in a race? Biffle just gained 5 points he probably otherwise wouldn’t have had IF those teams actually came to race and not just collect checks. Think about that. Besides all of this, is it stated in NASCAR’s rulebook that you MUST complete “X” number of laps? Except for when pit road is closed, does NASCAR dictate WHEN and HOW OFTEN you must pit? No!!! Are we going to penalize an organization when one teammate allows another teammate to lead a lap? NASCAR places those bonuses out there. Yet, are they going to turn around and say you can’t just pull over and let someone by to gain a point? What IF someone slips off a turn and gives up a spot? What IF there is a short in a plug wire? Do you just AUTOMATICALLY penalize a team when a teammate gains a point for leading a lap? Seems to me this would all be tough to regulate. Then again, NASCAR makes up the rules as they go anyways as shown by this latest debacle. Another point on this issue about championship points. I don’t remember any outcry when RCR brought Neil Bonnett into the last race of the 1993 season just so he could park after only 3 laps. That year Dale Earnhardt Sr. was going for his 6th championship. Maybe it is all in who you cheer for, huh? Hendrick did the same thing with bringing some “insurance” to the race too .

    NASCAR created this mess with their playoff… UM… I mean “Chase”. When you have so many teams vying for just a few spots, THIS is going to happen. IF they just let the points play out until the end of the 36 race schedule, I doubt you’d have more than three or four teams in contention as it used to be. Geeeeee…. and MAYBE we could focus on the races at hand rather than where everyone is in the points standings every 5 minutes. Answer me this. HOW can you penalize someone when it’s not against the rules in your rulebook? So, the 38 allowed the 22 to pass him and gain a point towards getting into “The Chase”. Given the 38 was running in the 20’s… AND… had really nothing to gain by fighting for that ONE position…. that ONE point…. then so be it. The two teams… Ford teams by the way…. worked together to ensure a FORD team may make it into “The Chase”. Think Ford spends hundreds of millions of dollars to see a Chevy or Toyota make it in while one of their teams doesn’t? If NASCAR is going to look at this one change of position, then it MUST look at ALL changes in position for the WHOLE year since points in each race go towards the championship. It’s racing. There are teammates. There are intangibles. I just think they opened a real Pandora’s Box with this one.

    Let me put this in a different perspective after I just did some research to back up my point. Let’s talk about the NFL; something many can relate to. In it is a tie-breaker for teams within a conference to determine who makes the playoffs. Let’s say the Steelers and the Chargers are vying for the final wildcard spot. The Steelers played an early game. They finish 9-7. Now… I know it is a stretch, but there is a tie-breaker that would be the seventh option IF the previous six ended up with a tie. It reads “Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed”. So, the Steelers are 9-7 and scored 150 points within conference play and allowed 125 points in conference play. Let’s say the Bengals (4-11) play the Chargers (9-6) in the night game and are winning in the final seconds by 20 points. At THAT point, the Chargers too have scored 150 points within conference play and allowed 124 points in those games. IF the game ends without any scoring, the Chargers get the tie-breaker and the Steelers are out of the picture. Given that the Bengals and Steelers are divisional rivals, MAYBE the Bengals don’t want to see the Steelers in the playoffs. Maybe there was some bad blood from earlier in the season. So….. with the Bengals on the Chargers 1 yard line with only seconds to go, do they HAVE to go for a chip-shot field goal or even a touchdown? By not doing so, the Chargers are in the playoff as a wildcard and the Bengals win regardless. The Bengals number of points scored is irrelevant. Is the NFL going to MANDATE that Cincy go for the easy points even if they don’t want to for whatever reason? Is Roger Goodell going to fine the Bengals for not attempting a field goal because it wasn’t FAIR to the Steelers? I don’t see this as anything different from the 55 pitting (he was way back anyways) or the 15 pitting (he already lost a chance to contend for the win and was already in “The Chase”) or the 38 moving over since he was already running in the 20’s and probably wouldn’t have gained but a few hundred dollars and one point which meant little (he’s 11 points behind Danica Patrick). So… the Bengals make a call that doesn’t change the outcome of the football game. The 15, 55 and 38 make calls which DON’T affect the winner of the race. They didn’t wreck someone to win or gain a position. And, in my scenario (NFL) and Saturday’s race, there was NOTHING in the rulebook which which said you HAD to score as many points as possible or GAIN as many points in a NASCAR race. Something to think about.

    One of my biggest fears in all of this is how it will affect sponsorships in the future. IF I’m the CEO of a corporation that is looking to get into the sport or to re-sign with a team, I’d be VERY worried about NASCAR’s ability to penalize “my” team because it doesn’t feel “right” to them; NOT that it violates any rules in their rulebook.

    I was once a diehard NASCAR fan. I still follow it, although I rarely watch a race anymore. Actually, I’ve gone back to watching football. Wonder how many fans are like me.

  22. Overa88ted Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Hey 5 Hour Energy… PARK YOUR POINTS SHAVING DRIVER!

  23. Overa88ted Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Looks like the Laughing Stock of the Sports World, Na$CRAP DOES NOT CARE if a POINTS SHAVING Driver wins their GIMMICK Chase. …….. Just where is Chicken $hit No Balls Brian France this week?

  24. Steve Batti Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    My NASCAR season ends (last 3 years) @week 26. The. Football season begins when the artificial excitement begins. Real race fans don’t need “The Chase”!

  25. Ann Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Ron Fox good points, I was just looking at poor Logano’s social media sites and various outlets. The media and a fanatical fan base has been vicious to that young man. Horrible, simple horrible. I fear these idiots don’t even know what they are getting mad at..Jeff Gordon has been putting out his social media sites that he has been robbed and its seems the NEWBIES (I hope the newbies) want Loganos head on a platter calling him a “cheater” and the media as well. If the truth be told Nascar screwed themselves by not adhering to the original rule of an intentional spin, which they denied it was so the penallized anyways, basically gave Newman a in. To me that is saying Nascar knew the end of the race and now Rainbow Warriors think they know how Jeff would have ended up (apparently Jeff does too) and they want in. I suspect somebody in the HMS camp pointed the direction of radio chat to the media..ITS NOT CHEATING, it has been going on forever, of which during the same race Jeff benefited by his teamates. What a freaking mess. I just am very disgusted with the immaturity and insanity that is attacking a young man that by rites to dead has earned his way into the Chase, more that Jeff did. If Logano did not get the 25 point dock, this would not have been an issue. Its funny people getting all pious throwing the word cheating around, they are calling their favorite drivers cheaters and need to be show race by race that “see you were calling for so and so’s banishment your driver just did it, its not illegal, what sayeth you insane fan?? Jeff is a master, he got em’ going. I dare say half these idiots have a real clue as to the history of Mr. Jeff Gordon and Ray. Heck they are so insane that they actually will not admit that Jeff went crazy during the black flag and did impact Clints Chase points and took out other drivers, they defend the very action by Jeff that they abhore in other drivers..nuts! Sad Logano had to defend himself in the media today and he was just running his race. The fans are getting nuts NOW, but this is how racing has been. Nascar has catered to the mob mentality and from the comments I say its guys still living in their mothers basement. What a mess.

  26. bob Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    as a fan since the 60’s I have always thought that race victories were more important than the bogus contrived Winston cup which rewarded consistent medorcrity instead of victories (see benny parsons 1973 has made a bad systemdousche w 1975 & probably 2 of senior’s) where others won more but competing harder broke more.the chase has simply made a bad system WORSE

  27. RacingFan Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Here are a couple of points that maybe get missed in the discussion about race manipulation.
    1. Even if I was using a spreadsheet that recalculated instantaneously, I couldn’t know what was going on with the complex scoring of potential Chase qualifiers. The announcers with their computers and many workers behind the scenes were struggling with it, and the teams had only a vague idea of what they needed to accomplish to make the Chase, so they manipulated and hoped for the best. I don’t think this is a one-time situation. I think this will happen almost every year with the odd combination of wins and points that is used. Ideally, ditch the Chase, or at least make it so that only winners qualify. That will simplify it so fans have a clue what is happening when they watch.
    2. What happened is also an indictment of multi-car teams. Even if only winners were to make the Chase, you might see a leader let his teammate pass and win to make the Chase. Start reducing the size of the teams now. Forbid multi-car teams from buying chasis and engines from another multi-car team. The goal is to eventually get back to single car teams again.
    3. Because manipulating races was fairly new to teams, they made lots of dumb mistakes. Manipulation won’t go away, but they will quickly learn and will make much smarter and less detectable moves to manipulate in the future.
    4. People do things that they regret when they make a spur of the moment decision under a lot of pressure. What bothers me more is when they continue to deny and lie for days or weeks afterwards to avoid the consequences of their decision. Doing so will change them inside, and not for the good. (This probably should have been point number 1.)

  28. don clingerman Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    1,000% right Rich! We do not need the contrived foolishness that is ‘The Chase’. Another dumbass idea from NASTARD. I’ve said this since the beginning.

  29. Steve Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Those of you upset, especially Gordon fans, about Gillland letting Logano go by need to refresh your memories about all the times that the Hendrick teams would let Jeffy by to allow him to lead a lap. Now all of a sudden someone else does it and they are the anti-Christ? Get real!

    I don’t think the whole Gilliland issue is an issue at all. And while it may be manipulation by definition, this happens every week. Don’t believe me. Wait until the Chase starts and Chase teams start whining because non Chase teams won’t allow them to go bye. Or how many times at Homestead have we seen the field roll over to the only 2 guys eligible for the championship.

    Bowyers spin is totally different. Instead of allowing cars to pass him, he caused a caution flag intentionally, and that’s the difference. That affected the whole field and some might say the whole race. How he got off with a slap on the wrist is very telling about where Nascar is on this issue.

    Bowyer should be parked at least one race. But they won’t because it would look bad for their sport suspending a Chase driver. Trouble is, they are too stupid to realize that showing no backbone just made it worse. Apparently, 5hour Energy is letting him race as well. Says alot about their company as well.

    Nascar is just a complete train wreck right now, and their ahem “leader” is nowhere to be found.

  30. Leto Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    If you think that this will kill the Chase, you’re delusional.

    All this does is give NASCAR precedent that if something they don’t like happens in regards to the Chase, that they can manipulate it even more to make it how they want.

    The Chase is here to stay. Black eye on NASCAR or not, this controversy has done something that almost never happens with NASCAR- it got them MAJOR air time during the middle of the week, on major TV stations.

    How often does NASCAR get airtime on ESPN on a typical Tuesday or Wednesday? About the only time is if there is a huge penalty announced, and even then it’s about 30 seconds on SportsCenter and that’s it.

    This got NASCAR massive airtime. People are talking about NASCAR way more than they normally would be. Although it looks bad for NASCAR, they just gained significantly in coverage and eyes on the sport.