-Will Ryan Newman make it to the championship round without winning a single race this year? He seems to be in great shape to do that. At least three drivers will make it to the final round on points and he is third in points, 10 ahead of Jeff Gordon.
-Will Matt Kenseth make it to the championship round without winning a single race this year? Kenseth’s road to round four seems steeper and bumpier than Newman’s. Kenseth is just one point behind Gordon, but is tied with Carl Edwards in the standings. If the three ended in a tie for 4th place, Gordon would get the nod. I am not sure who would get in if just Kenseth and Edwards tied. If Kevin Harvick or Brad Keselowski wins the race, both would need to finish third, which would mean ending the race at least 12 spots ahead of Newman.
-After having one of the strongest cars all season, will Jeff Gordon be shut out of the finals because of the Texas aggression of Brad Keselowski? Without the tire rubbing, spin out causing style of the driver of the #2 car, Gordon might have won the Texas race and at the very least would have earned 27 more points and putting him in the Chase lead by 18 points over Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. With three drivers qualifying on points Gordon would have been in great shape to advance. Now, he is in the same position as Kenseth, Edwards, Keselowski, and Harvick, basically needing a win to move on.
-How exciting would a final four that included Logano, Hamlin, Newman, and Kenseth be? I am pretty sure it would not make for a TV ratings bonanza.
Mainstream media showed the Texas post-race rumble. A tie-in was made with TV ratings that have fallen for most races. Mainstream coverage always irritates me because of its preconceived bias. Just once I wish a network would go to a major race leaving home this bias and reporting on some interesting human story from the track. With 43 race cars and teams competing, and tens of thousands of fans in the grandstands watching, there should be hundreds of good stories that don’t paint the people involved as 100% redneck. No, that will never happen, I know.
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