5 Things That Matter This Week.
This is why kids in Delaware can’t sleep at night. Image via allleftturns.com
When the new Chase format was offered up logic told us that Talladega would be a place where we’d have a lot of mad drivers. Heck, we always have mad drivers after ‘Dega. This time though they’d be talking about a season wasted in a matter of moments after a wreck they had nothing to do with other than showing up for work that day. Turns out, Dover is the new ‘Dega.
1. If you think you’ve heard some folks saying things about NASCAR after a plate race, wait till this weekend when someone sees their year go up in the self-cleaning Monster Mile’s mayhem. Will it be a Matt Kenseth? What about a crazy early accident involving Jeff Gordon? Could his dream season end in a nightmare? It’s possible.
So, here are five things that will matter this week.
2. Somebody is going to do something crazy late to try and win the race. That may not be good for certain Chasers if they’re right around the mad dash to avoid elimination. Imagine a Denny Hamlin or Greg Biffle knowing they’ve got to pass 5 cars with 15 laps to go. Imagine if you’re just trying to hold your spot. Great drama, and it’s what NASCAR is trying to create, but it could lead to one helluva mess.
3. Joey Logano has five top fives at Dover since 2012. Brad Keselowski has a win and three top fives. Ya. Penske is going to be right up front. If I had any guts I’d pick the 1-2.
Kevin Harvick will lose this race in some spectacular fashion. It’s just what he does this year. It is amazing. Someone ( TV producers hoping Kyle Larson ) will pass him by driving on the side of the catch fence with 2 to go after Harvick leads every other lap. It has to be that way. Harvick will drink a beer and go check his ATM balance. And live . . .
If I were Kevin Harvick I’d have lots of this iced down this weekend.
4.Jimmie Johnson has three wins at Dover since 2012. Best average finish. Johnson collects Miles The Monster figurines and gives them out as wedding gifts. Somehow, some way he will score a great finish. Right? I mean there is no way the 48 looks normal here. Right? Right?
5.Carl Edwards, average finish of 18 at Dover since 2012, will look passionately into the camera after failing to advance by one spot and opine if three races is too few a sample size to really give drivers a chance to advance. Carl will be right.
Carl will bring up something we’ll writer about this weekend. Are three races really enough to give teams a fair shot at moving on without having to worry about something goofy ruining their year? In a sport that ( once ) valued consistency and sustained greatness does this 3 race knock out round really reflect how we feel about crowning a champ? For now, we’ll get your feedback. I’ll weigh in Sunday.
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