By admin | September 30, 2013
By Richard Allen
Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson appeared to have separated themselves from the rest of the Chase for the Sprint Cup pack after the first two playoff races. However, some wanted to believe that with eight races remaining there was still a chance for other contenders to emerge. After Sunday in Dover where Johnson won and his two closest competitors finished in the top-10, that seems much less likely.
Following the most recent NASCAR weekend, Kenseth holds an eight point lead over Johnson and a 12 point advantage over Busch. So obviously, any of those three drivers could end the season hoisting the big trophy.
The trouble for everyone else is, it’s going to be one of those three drivers hoisting the big trophy.
Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are tied for fourth in the standings, 39 points behind. That’s very close to the maximum number of points that can be made up in one race. But making up that number of points on three drivers, not one, is highly unlikely.
The Sprint Cup Series next heads to the Kansas Speedway for the second time in 2013. The likelihood that ground will be made up on the top-3 is not high. After all, Kenseth won the last time at the 1.5 mile track while Johnson finished 3rd. Busch crashed and finished well back in the running order, which illustrates the point made above. One of these three drivers may have a bad day somewhere along the way, but all three almost certainly will not on the same day.
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After talk of a three horse race began following the race in New Hampshire, many wanted to point out that the race in Talladega could serve as an equalizer. As stated before, the chances of all three top contenders having a bad day are not high, especially considering that Kenseth and Johnson have won three of the last four restrictor plate races.
Yes, there are still seven races remaining on the Sprint Cup schedule and a lot of things can still happen. But history serves as a guide for the future and the history of this past season shows that Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch have been the most dominant drivers all year. That isn’t going to magically change.
One of those three drivers will win the Sprint Cup title in 2013.
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