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Posted on 9/10/2007 5:54:42 PM
NASCAR Futures – Sylvania 300 Sports Betting
By Dave Golokhov
As NASCAR betting heads to the Sylvania 300 to kick off the Chase for the Nextel – soon to be Sprint – Cup, you can’t help but wonder if it is going to be as watered down as Britney Spears’ latest performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The Chase seems like a sexy idea but the first problem is that it is somewhat convoluted. Unlike the playoffs in NCAA basketball or the NFL, there isn’t an overwhelming consensus from the fans that the driver who wins The Chase is in fact the undisputed champ.
For starters, the driver that has won the most regular season races has yet to win The Chase.
It seems like there are two many undeserving drivers making the final 10. Drivers who weren’t necessarily winning races, but drivers who were finishing among the top five or 10 and accumulating enough points over the long haul. For example, Clint Bowyer, who has two top-five finishes this season, will have virtually as good a shot at the crown as Jeff Gordon, who has 15 top-five finishes, which essentially isn’t fair.
The problem that inherently follows is a lack of star power.
For this season, the field of playoff spots was expanded from 10 to 12 in hopes of netting more A-list celebrities after Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed the cut last year. But as an uneventful race finished up in Chicago on Saturday, there was no Earnhardt Jr. in the final field again.
Ironically, the idea to expand the field was meant to help get more big names into the field but after Earnhardt Jr. suffered his fifth engine failure of the season on Saturday, he couldn’t make it higher than 13th in the standings. Maybe next year they’ll widen the field to 13.
While the Chase for the Championship doesn’t always sit well with the fans, especially when the premier players are not a part of the race, the truth is that the New York Yankees, Toronto Maple Leafs or New England Patriots make the playoffs each year.
Do their respective sports want them involved? Yes.
But they have to qualify – just like everyone else. And as for the qualms with the regular season champ not earning the postseason crown, how often does that happen in the other major sports?
The bottom line is that it’s still a new system that everyone is still getting used to.
Now the focus shifts to the first Nextel Chase for the Championship race at New Hampshire, where Gordon has cashed as a winner a couple of times before (1997, 1998).
Gordon recently said that Bowyer is his dark horse pick to win the Championship, given his consistency, but I wouldn’t pick him to win it all – or at New Hampshire for that matter.
Kevin Harvick, who won a race this season, sits in sixth place in the standings. He won the Sylvania 300 last year, which should give him some confidence.
Other previous winners among the field include top seed Jimmie Johnson (2003), who is off a win at Richmond, and Kurt Busch (2004), who is seed fourth.
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