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An Exclusive Look at the New Qualifications for Making the Chase in 2014

By admin | September 14, 2013

By Richard Allen


After the complete fiasco that has occurred this week following the alleged manipulation by teams during the Sprint Cup race in Richmond, NASCAR officials have stated that they will put rules in place to prevent such from happening again.


The investigative skills of the staff have once again been put to use and a copy of next year’s requirements for making the Chase for the Sprint Cup as well as a few things that will get a driver/team excluded has been uncovered. Here are those new requirements:


1. Do not, under any circumstances, do anything that will cause NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France to step away from his usual routine for the purpose of watching, hearing about or making a decision on racing. To do so will result in immediate expulsion.


2. A driver will be included in the Chase if he/she drives for Hendrick Motorsports(or any team associated with said organization)  and simply comes close to being one of the top-10 in points or earning a wildcard spot.


3. A driver will be excluded from the Chase if he/she drives for Michael Waltrip Racing and is on the borderline of entry requirements.


4. If NASCAR officials deem that a driver’s entry into the Chase will boost television ratings and/or track attendance, that driver will be included.


5. If a driver has one of NASCAR’s favored sponsors(i.e. the “Official _____ of NASCAR”) that driver will be included.


6. Any driver who praises the Gen6 car and/or condemns a fellow driver who has criticized said car gains entry into the Chase.


7. Any driver who uses the phrase “It was a good points day” at any time during the season will receive bonus points toward making the Chase.


8. Any team that builds a golden idol dedicated to the NASCAR’s TV contract or Mike Helton’s mustache and keeps said idol on top of their pit box during each race gains entry into the Chase, provided of course, that the golden idol becomes the sole property of NASCAR at the end of the “regular” season.


9.  Any driver whose hot wife repeatedly shames NASCAR on Twitter will be included in the Chase.


10. And most importantly, NASCAR reserves the right to change these requirements at any time, including just hours before the Chase is set to begin, and include however many drivers they wish.






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13 Responses to “An Exclusive Look at the New Qualifications for Making the Chase in 2014”

  1. Russ Says:
    September 14th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    They were in at least a defensible position until they added Gordon without removing Logano.

  2. Ken Says:
    September 14th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Rich, you forgot 3a! Any driver will be excluded from the chase if he/she drives for Penske Racing, Front Row Motorsports, or any Ford team for that matter.

  3. kelly Says:
    September 14th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Russ, get a clue..what happened with Logano/Gilliand and nothing came of it, it was for not, IS STANDARD PRACTICE and accepted for decades. SO HOW CAN IT BE WRONG. MIKE Helton even made it clear it has been an accepted practice. Because a Hendrick driver didn’t benefit from the said situation, it now has a black eye. I do not know how Nascar is going to regulate that move, its been an intergral part of racing. Don’t worry, Jeffy is allowed to come and play with the other children, his mother said so, whether the other children want him there are not.

    Rich, Thank you..I am keeping this article. The best ever. And sadly everything you said is 100% true, and Brian can’t see other obvious. Nascar is a joke.

  4. Arnold Decker Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Now we will have at least 8 Hendrick cars to deal with.
    4 at Stewart-Hass.
    4 at Hendrick home office.
    Plus all the other unofficial Hendrick Teams.

  5. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    And, there are detriments if so and so got a “Leg Up” and cheated their way to the top. Rich, I don’t want no Chase and I feel that the golden rule is if such and such is on NASCAR Probation (Be On Your Best Behavior) and if they ARE suspended ( See Paul Tracy) through the Preseason to the top of the next year and I don’t mean a token 1 Weekend Park. And Brian France is sure running on “Borrowed Time” and I would prefer the National Stock Car Commission fire Brian France if the owners and sponsors can’t.

  6. Scott Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 4:52 am

    you forgot one… A fan vote also.. so danica is always in no matter who actually wins it

  7. Allen Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Ken…youR Comment Makes No SenSE…You Mak It Sound Like Somehow Penske Got screwed…Brad Wasn’t Good Enough And Logano Should HaveBeen Disqualified Like Truex Was…Nascar Helped Penske

  8. Richard Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 6:25 am

    I love it when the truth is written.

  9. morgan ward Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Simply put, you NAILED it!

  10. Pokey Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I guess it didn’t occur to NASCAR that Jimmie Johnson’s last four finishes through the Richmond race were partially because of the need to finish behind Jeff Gordon so that another Hendrick car could make the Chase. No one probably also noticed that all three of Gordon’s teammates made sure he finished ahead of them at Richmond. I can’t stand Michael Waltrip, but he just did what he saw Hendrick doing for the last month. And this aside for Brian France: Go get some help, Hot Shot. You are getting so far down in the Cups, as it were, that you can’t even wake up until Rick Hendrick calls. Did anyone see the look on Mike Helton’s face as he and B France were doing the install Jeff Gordon in the Chase news conference. Sheesh, NASCAR is doomed as long as Brian France is around. He should sell his stake in NASCAR to someone who cares before he completely destroys the value of his shares.

  11. mrclause Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    The crazy thing with Logano being put on probation, that team was already on probation until the end of the year. How was that overlooked? Oh wait, let me guess, invisible ink.

    With these four car teams and their satellites, NASCAR has put itself in a defensive position, an appeasement position. The only ones that don’t have to be coddled are the fans.

  12. Lydia Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I’m moving on…I don’t care about The Chase or restarts or teams or tracks or NASCAR officials (speaking of looks like the officials are as bad at their jobs as some drivers are at theirs .. i.e. JJ pit stop debacle) or TV coverage or the media in general. Color me stupid..but I totally enjoy watching the races and I’m not going to let a bunch of whiney folks spoil my party! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! (Unless I feel someone has wronged me and then I will change my story to suit myself!)

  13. hoodlum Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I’m just going to read only your articles. I get so frustrated with “big names” in NASCAR media. They don’t even dream of criticizing NASCAR. I’ve watched NASCAR for almost 30 years and I’m sickened by the state of the sport. It is such a joke. Brian France is a joke. He couldn’t manage his way out of a paper sack! Thanks Arnold Decker and Pokey for your comments. You are so right on as is most of the comments!