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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.

Enough said.

September 29, 2012  02:02 PM ET

Before the chase - it was a two or three car battle and 40 drivers were riding around. So this is an improvement from that standpoint.

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September 29, 2012  08:24 PM ET
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Fairly misguided opinion.

Thank you ...but you offer no explanation...

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September 29, 2012  08:46 PM ET
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For starters, you can't just send the rest of the cars home, as they have contracts with sponsors. If they're having problems now, what do you think would happen if you sent 31 teams home for the season. Second, they still race and place. Yes, they also try to stay inside of the top 35. 3rd, for the younger guys (and gal), they still get seat time.there's plenty more, and it shouldn't be all too difficult for you to find them.

First, this is not going to happen overnight so the contract thing is irrelevant, all will be adjusted accordingly, second, they don't race , they just log laps, third , true they do get seat time.... but the point is that they are irrelevant to the event , the event is a championship and they are not eligible for it. It's just a silly setup, again this is the only sport that does it.

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September 30, 2012  12:12 PM ET
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I should've just said that.

Is obvious your not a serious person......

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October 1, 2012  10:38 AM ET

NOTHING CHANGED THIS WEEKEND, THE MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT IT WAS WHO HAD GAS....LOL.....MAYBE NEXT WEEK..

October 1, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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and those not in the Chase are racing for something. 13th place at the end gets a $1M bonus.

According to reports it cost a good team about 200,000 to get equipment and personal to the track...yep a million for 13 th place is something they are all going for, they can't win the chase but they can spend 2 mill to run 10 races with a chance to get to 13 th. to make 1 mill...don't what field you're in but I hope is not accounting...lol

October 1, 2012  10:55 AM ET

While I give you props for offering a possible solution to the Chase, I have to disagree with your suggestion. The original Chase was 10 drivers, so to make things "more exciting" they changed the Chase to include the top 12 instead. And when that didn't quite work out (the driver with the most wins that season didn't make the Chase) they changed it again to include wins for the Wildcard spots, again to make it "more exciting". Ultimately I don't think anything has changed.

Looking at the top 20 in points right now, with the exception of maybe 1 car, I don't see anyone in that group who would/could make a run for the championship assuming points were reset like in your suggestion.

By Richmond the cream of the crop has already risen to the top and resetting points doesn't change that for the most part. If anything the Chase leads to more sandbagging by teams early in the season. The 48 has admitted to using races early in the year as live testbeds for setups to be used during the Chase. So if they are "testing" then to me they aren't there to win so get them off the track, let someone who is there to win today race instead.

Ultimately the Chase is a horrible decision. NASCAR isn't a stick and ball sport that works with a "playoff" system. The baseball teams who made it to the post-season will play each other and don't have to worry about playing against last place teams they probably already beat earlier in the season. In NASCAR the teams in the "playoffs" are competing with those teams that are in the "playoffs", and are still competing with teams they have already beat and can't win the championship.

October 1, 2012  11:47 AM ET

''Ultimately the Chase is a horrible decision. NASCAR isn't a stick and ball sport that works with a "playoff" system.''
Im also an F1 fan so I totaly agree with your quote but if they are having a chase anyway a 20 team chase would be more fun, ....Did NASCAR tell the 31 non chasers to stay out of the way?...I dont know if they did but it sure looks like it...lol...

October 1, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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NOTHING CHANGED THIS WEEKEND, THE MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT IT WAS WHO HAD GAS....LOL.....MAYBE NEXT WEEK..

There is this thing called a "remote control". Try using it if you are so dang bored!!

October 1, 2012  03:00 PM ET
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Im also an F1 fan so I totaly agree with your quote but if they are having a chase anyway a 20 team chase would be more fun, ....Did NASCAR tell the 31 non chasers to stay out of the way?...I dont know if they did but it sure looks like it...lol...

If 20 drivers make things more exciting than 12 then why not make the Chase field 43 drivers deep, give the Start and Park teams something to race for. Right not other than Kyle Busch I don't see anyone 13-20th who you could argue has a legitimate chance to win the Championship. Those drivers would be just what they are now, fodder and filler.

Take Jamie McMurry (20th in points) if he wrecks and takes out Jimmie Johnson people will say Jamie doesn't belong on the track because he's not a Chase driver. In a 20 driver Chase if Jamie wrecks and takes out JJ people will say Jamie doesn't belong on the track because he is 20th in points and has no shot of winning the Championship anyhow.

No matter how you slice it there will always be those who "should be in the Chase" no matter how deep a field you have.

 
October 1, 2012  09:47 PM ET
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If 20 drivers make things more exciting than 12 then why not make the Chase field 43 drivers deep, give the Start and Park teams something to race for. Right not other than Kyle Busch I don't see anyone 13-20th who you could argue has a legitimate chance to win the Championship. Those drivers would be just what they are now, fodder and filler. Take Jamie McMurry (20th in points) if he wrecks and takes out Jimmie Johnson people will say Jamie doesn't belong on the track because he's not a Chase driver. In a 20 driver Chase if Jamie wrecks and takes out JJ people will say Jamie doesn't belong on the track because he is 20th in points and has no shot of winning the Championship anyhow.No matter how you slice it there will always be those who "should be in the Chase" no matter how deep a field you have.

I just don't like non-eligibly cars to be in the field, if NASCAR insists on a playoff type thing the cars that do not qualify should go home and not participate...

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