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NASCAR Chase Report: Previewing the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Pretenders, contenders and potential championship winners as the Chase concludes in South Florida
Pretenders, contenders and potential championship winners as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It’s hard to believe the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is about to come to a close, and the first champion to be crowned under the new bracket-style Chase elimination format will happen this Sunday at Homestead Miami Speedway. With the fourth different championship format in 11 years, many were skeptical of how this would play out; after all the 2013 season came a close with NASCAR tossing out drivers who made it (Martin Truex Jr.) and arbitrarily placing drivers into contention (Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman) two days after the final race at Richmond.

NASCAR Chase Report: Previewing race No. 9 in Phoenix

Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits PIR
Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits PIR

For the last few years, NASCAR fans have bemoaned the 1.5-mile “cookie-cutter” tri-oval tracks for dominating the Chase for the Sprint Cup’s 10-race docket. “It favors the No. 48 team,” they say. “The tracks looks the same, things are boring, NASCAR needs a road course (it does), add another short track, revive North Wilkesboro, race at Eldora, blah, blah, blah …” 

 

Which races have provided the best action in the 2014 Chase? 

 

NASCAR Chase Report: Previewing race No. 7 in Martinsville

Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits Martinsville
Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits Martinsville

The one thing the 2.66-mile behemoth that is Talladega Superspeedway and the half-mile paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway have in common is the reversal of fortunes each potentially delivers. After raising the ire of fans and the garage (Matt Kenseth, in particular) alike two weeks ago in Charlotte, Brad Keselowski faced virtually no other option but to pull a Jake Taylor in Major League and win the whole f___in’ thing at Talladega. Keselowski did just that — which was no small task — in rather dramatic fashion.

Regular-season finale to set NASCAR Chase field in Richmond

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Richmond International Raceway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Miller looks back on the season to date and what influence NASCAR’s new Chase format has had. Also, Tony Stewart’s second race back in the Cup Series and a tribute to the late Junie Donlavey highlight the stories of the weekend as the series lines up for its regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Miller looks back on the season to date and what influence NASCAR’s new Chase format has had. Also, Tony Stewart’s second race back in the Cup Series and a tribute to the late Junie Donlavey highlight the stories of the weekend as the series lines up for its regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway.

 

 

Tony Stewart makes his NASCAR return at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, as the circuit hits Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart’s return, a shift in the 2015 schedule and the two remaining opportunities to earn a “win and you’re in” Chase draw highlight the storylines of the weekend.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, as the circuit hits Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart’s return, a shift in the 2015 schedule and the two remaining opportunities to earn a “win and you’re in” Chase draw highlight the storylines of the weekend.

 

 

More questions than answers as Tony Stewart returns