Chase Tracker – The Contenders after Phoenix

By Jordan Dodson and Sharon Burton

Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Speedway looked to be an exciting race as the championship battle had come down to seven points. The championship contenders were neck and neck all day, until the unthinkable happened.

Johnson limps back to pit road after hitting the wall
Photo – Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Once the green flag dropped Sunday, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson ran within a few positions of each other the entire day. Keselowski had the better car and held the upper hand throughout the day, running all the way into the top-five as Johnson worked himself into the top ten.

Everything changed on lap 78. Continue reading

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Chase Tracker – The Contenders after Texas

By Jordan Dodson and Sharon Burton

Texas Motor Speedway called their race weekend a “wild asphalt circus” and Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 race lived up to the hype

Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski battled down to the last lap in an instant classic for the 2012 Sprint Cup championship.

Keselowski & Johnson chase the lead
Photo – ESPN

With two races remaining in the Chase, it is coming down to two drivers – Johnson and Keselowski. Sunday’s race was a perfect example of why Keselowski and Johnson are the two run-away drivers battling down to the wire at Homestead. Continue reading

Chase Tracker – The Contenders after Martinsville

By Jordan Dodson and Sharon Burton

Martinsville Speedway is known for exciting races and shaking things up and Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 lived up to expectations.

Chase drivers knew Sunday’s race could make or break their season and for some, their 2012 Chase hopes diminished. Two contenders are still clinging to their chances in the next three Chase events, while two other drivers came out on top, fighting for the Sprint Cup championship top spot, while yet another driver lost their chance to compete for the coveted title. Continue reading

Chase Tracker – The Contenders after Kansas

By Jordan Dodson and Sharon Burton

Drivers came into Kansas Speedway thinking of it as a wildcard race in the Chase.

The Hollywood Casino 400 definitely had some twist and turns, but the points race remained nearly the same as one top contender made the best of a bad situation and another top contender nearly missed catastrophe several times .

Here are where the Chase contenders stand with four races remaining: Continue reading

Chase Tracker – The Contenders after Talladega

By Jordan Dodson & Sharon/Fan4Racing

This week’s Chase Tracker after Talladega gave drivers a bit of a shakeup with the last lap wreck involving 25 drivers, including 8 Chase contenders, but left the top-three Chase contenders the same. Keselowski came in the points leader and left as the points leader, with Jimmie Johnson remaining in second place and Denny Hamlin, third in the point standings.

Also, Kyle Busch remains the Best of the Rest non-Chase contenders, after race four of the 2012 Chase season.

Starting with drivers ranked 12th through 1st, the following gives our assessment of each  Chase contender after Talladega’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. Continue reading

Chase Tracker for the Sprint Cup – New Hampshire

Chase Tracker for the Sprint Cup continues with the second race of the Chase, the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend

Here’s the rundown on what’s going on with each of the Chase contenders and the Best of the Rest after the first Chase race at Chicagoland Speedway. Continue reading