As you may or may not know I'm in my fifth year as a NASCAR fan and even though I'm not an expert I do know when I'm being entertained.
If I was to give the last two chase races a grade based on entertainment value I would have to give it a C+ at best.
The idea of the chase might not be working out the way NASCAR envision it, there is only 12 teams who are racing, the rest are just logging laps to stay in the top thirty-five.
I'm sure you've noticed how nice the non chaser have been to the chasers, oh my God what a great bunch of gentleman, even Juan Pablo Montoya is being a gent, (I suspect NASCAR gave word to the 42 team) JPM is the kind of driver who will block you for last place, but in this chase he is not racing anybody.
I assume there are deals made among teams, in other words, wink-wink don't race the chasers too hard, that may be the biggest reason the last two races haven't been worthy of a championship event.
Can we agree on that.
This raises the question,would a 20 team chase make for better racing, I think it could, specially if they're the only ones participating. I believe 20 cars should be enough to field a good race.
Imagine all twenty participants going for the cup, that will mean lots of racing and it would get rid of the "make life easier for the chasers" unwritten rule.
Really let's think about this, there is not one pro sport where everybody gets to take part in post season, this is silly, only 12 teams are going for the cup, the rest of the field (31 cars) are just along for the ride.
I understand the non-chasers are using the chase to stay in the top 35, making some money and testing for next year, but all they're really doing is filling in, populating the field, there is no other purpose for them.
Here is another benefit of a 20 car chase scenario, the teams that don't make the chase would end their season early thus saving money for next season, I'm sure ten races can save teams more money than can be made by running in the back of the pack, just guessing on this one but I think is safe to assume that is true, please correct me if I'm wrong.
The most important benefit of a 20 car chase is that primary and secondary sponsors would be represented, every one of them with a shot at being the sponsor of a championship team.
If NASCAR wants a more exciting playoff event they need to have at least 20 teams take part in the 10 race event and let them fight it out, ONLY THE CHASERS, the rest should just go home and get ready for next season.
I love NASCAR, usually my big screen is on NASCAR and the small one is on the Cleveland Browns, that has been my setup for the last five years, if this chase continuous this path-BORING-I may change that around.
There is a silver lining, this chase will get better, they will probably start racing by the fifth or sixth race when some of them get desperate, I hope is sooner.
As always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.