Will the next 10 Nascar Sprint Cup races bring fans back?

2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup thumb Nascar’s Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  While the main focus will be on the 12 drivers that have a chance of winning the season crown, I’ll be watching to see if the overall racing continues to become more exciting.

For the last several years we’ve all heard how the Nascar Sprint Cup races have become boring. I’ve got to say that hasn’t been the case since about the beginning of August.

Maybe it’s the double-file restart policy.  Maybe it’s the tricky COT has brought 20 cars or so close together in performance.  Maybe its drivers knowing they are fighting for a job.  Whatever it is, the on-track products is a hell of a lot better and I think it will be unbelievable the next 10 races.

I say that not because of the 12 drivers in the Chase who now know no matter what, they can’t finish worse that 12th in points, but the 10-15 drivers outside the Chase who are going all out for one thing only..WINS!

Just look at those not in the Chase.  Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Marcus Ambrose, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Jeff Burton, Joey Logano and the list goes on and on.

Folks, those guys outside the Chase can cause havoc with those in the Chase just because they are that competitive and could populate the top ten in every race.

For the first time since the Chase format began, it seems this “two agenda” scenario may be just the thing to revitalize interest in Nascar. They still can’t compete with the NFL on Sunday (My theory is all those billions gambled on football games causes this) but they can bring back that occasional Nascar fan.

All I know is that for the first in awhile I don’t want to miss one minute of a Nascar Sprint Cup race beginning this Sunday with New Hampshire.  I’m saying good-bye to my mid race nap and will watch every lap that aren’t missed by those pesky TV commercials.  Let the racing begin!


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