Edwards makes a case for a Chase: The WYPALL 200 Review

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The last two Nationwide races have left a few of us feeling a bit empty, since both races ended with the same winner, and the same Champion.  Brad Keselowski is the 2010 Champion.  Nothing will change that.

If you had a Chase in the Nationwide series that was exactly the same as the Cup series … Brad Keselowski would still be the point leader.  BUT!  He would be heading to Homestead with just a 85 point lead, meaning the title would come down to the final race of 2010.

Nascar has already said they do not plan on implementing a Chase in the Nationwide series.  Thanks to Carl Edwards, we may have some evidence that a Chase would be a good thing.

While we are still waiting on word of how Nascar will deal with the Cup invasion, they may have another problem to deal with.  Only the Cup title is still up for grabs.  It would make sense for all three Championships to still be on the line in the final event.  It seems like the Chase is working.  While it may be working for Jimmie Johnson better than others, it has kept the points far closer then the old point system.

There is a rumor flying around out there that Cup Drivers will only be allowed to run for the Owner’s Championship (the one I clearly do not talk about enough. Sorry) while Nationwide only drivers would run for the Driver’s championship.  I’m for this, but there is simply too much chance of a winless Champion.  I would rather see cup drivers limited to just ten events, none in the final 6-8 weeks of the season.  Clearly, Nascar has it’s work cut out for them.
Results and more after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 2 60 Carl Edwards Copart Ford 200 195 10 150.0 $55,900 Running 3 153
2 4 33 Kevin Harvick Rheem Solar Water Heaters Chevy 200 170 119.0 $39,025 Running
3 1 20 Joey Logano GameStop/Afterglow Toyota 200 170 5 121.3 $38,675 Running 1 23
4 12 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 200 160 103.9 $27,500 Running
5 14 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Toyota 200 155 104.9 $35,918 Running
6 17 88 Aric Almirola GT Vodka Chevy 200 155 5 107.1 $30,068 Running 1 8
7 20 16 Colin Braun # Con-way Ford 200 146 84.4 $30,418 Running
8 3 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 200 142 109.6 $28,968 Running
9 22 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Blackwell Angus Beef Ford 200 138 88.7 $27,603 Running
10 8 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 200 134 96.0 $28,043 Running
11 16 09 Brian Scott # Shore Lodge Toyota 200 130 89.1 $29,243 Running
12 25 40 Mike Bliss Westerman Companies Chevy 200 127 79.0 $26,893 Running
13 7 98 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Ford 200 124 94.4 $20,675 Running
14 9 17 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Ford 200 121 84.6 $20,165 Running
15 23 84 Cole Whitt Red Bull Toyota 200 118 81.3 $20,030 Running
16 5 18 Kyle Busch NOS Toyota 200 120 5 111.3 $21,670 Running 2 10
17 15 23 Coleman Pressley R3 Motorsports Chevy 199 112 70.4 $28,478 Running
18 18 15 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota 199 109 71.7 $26,793 Running
19 26 35 Tony Raines BeAStockCarDriver.com Chevy 199 111 5 65.7 $25,933 Running 1 6
20 38 28 Kenny Wallace Iron Horse Jeans Chevy 199 103 55.4 $26,673 Running
21 41 10 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Toyota 199 100 63.3 $26,013 Running
22 24 11 James Buescher # Great Clips Toyota 199 97 79.4 $25,603 Running
23 13 99 Ryan Truex Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 198 94 66.1 $25,868 Running
24 19 27 Alex Kennedy LawMemorial.org/Sacred Power Ford 198 91 50.1 $25,358 Running
25 31 05 David Starr Super Pawn Chevy 198 88 48.9 $25,748 Running
26 33 81 Michael McDowell Red Line Oil/Drive Reply Dodge 198 85 53.2 $25,263 Running
27 36 62 Brendan Gaughan Alliance Parts Toyota 197 82 60.1 $25,228 Running
28 35 87 Joe Nemechek Gator.com Chevy 197 79 47.7 $25,558 Running
29 39 01 Mike Wallace Suncore Industries Chevy 197 76 42.5 $25,083 Running
30 30 83 John Borneman III Nicky Rottens/Borneman Plastering Ford 197 73 41.3 $25,348 Running
31 37 21 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus Chevy 195 70 40.0 $25,013 Running
32 28 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy 193 67 46.5 $24,978 Running
33 11 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 119 64 74.1 $24,943 Engine
34 6 00 Martin Truex Jr. Travis Pastrana Toyota 115 61 74.5 $18,440 Accident
35 32 79 Tim Andrews 2nd Chance Race Parts Ford 36 58 44.1 $18,405 Transmission
36 43 49 David Green Jay Robinson Racing Chevy 31 55 32.0 $18,370 Vibration
37 34 90 Danny O’Quinn Jr. D’Hondt Humphrey Racing Chevy 27 52 40.7 $18,325 Brakes
38 40 70 Mark Green Iron Horse Jeans Chevy 20 49 40.1 $18,290 Engine
39 10 91 David Gilliland D’Hondt Humphrey Racing Chevy 20 46 39.9 $18,215 Electrical
40 42 34 Charles Lewandoski Tri-Star Motorsports Chevy 15 43 32.0 $18,180 Transmission
41 27 26 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 3 40 32.9 $18,145 Oil Pressure
42 29 92 Dennis Setzer K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 3 37 31.4 $18,095 Vibration
43 21 36 Jeff Green Tri-Star Motorsports Chevy 2 34 29.8 $18,040 Vibration

 

It was an impressive debut for Cole Whitt.  Whitt is a Red Bull developemental driver, and came home 15th.  Whitt will make his first Truck Start next week in the #60.  We do not know the future plans for Whitt, but a ride in the Nationwide Series would not be out of the question.

The most entertaining part of the race was an exchange between two young guns.  Well, three.  Well, many.  First was James Buescher getting a little revenge on Danica Patrick.  He smacked into the front of the GoDaddy Chevy pinching in the fender.  Then young Alex Kennedy rocked her outta the way, then slamed into her side.  They keyed into Patrick’s radio and she squeeked out “Is there a target on me?”  The crew chief didn’t say anything back.  I was surprised by that.  It’s the crew chief’s job to calm the driver down when someone gets into them.  Patrick drove into the back of Kennedy and knocked him outta the way.  I was happy for Patrick, and even happier that she handled it that way.  She didn’t spin Kennedy, just went eye for an eye on him.  Great move.

After the race, we got Justin Allgaier and Aric Almirola getting into each other.  Almirola had used up his tires.  When he tried to pass Allgaier, he used the #12 Dodge as a crutch.  Justin didn’t appreciate the contact, and after the checkard had flown, got into the side of the #88. Almirola then dented in the side of the #12.  The two exchanged words, but no Jeff vs. Jeff shoving.  Allgaier reminded us all that both Almirola and Allgaier will be full time Nationwide drivers next season.  Who else out there would love to see this take the place of the Keso/Edwards feud?  I would.

As promised, here is the fight for the Owner Championship:

 

Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr
1 Kyle Busch 18 5,515 0
2 Brad Keselowski 22 5,474 -41

 

Fortyone points.  That’s all that seperates two of the strongest teams out there.  Keso made up a lot of ground thanks to Busch’s 16th place finish.  Next week we will crown a Owner’s Champion.

Speaking of next week, Next week my friends, is the final event.  The Ford 300.  Ford Championship Weekend.  The Nationwide series heads to Homestead, Miami, Florida.  Join us later in the week for the preview of the final event of 2010.  Enjoy!

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