NASCAR Schedule – The Chase Is On!
With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winding to a close in another monumental season of stock car racing, the Chase for the Sprint Cup has yet again become the topic of discussion in the racing realm. Jimmie Johnson has dominated the Chase for the last five years in a row, but it looks like things could turn out a little differently this year if a certain few drivers named Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch (among others) have anything to say about it. The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is coming down to the wire again this season, and here is the rundown on the final races of the year that are sure to sell out NASCAR tickets as the season comes to a screeching halt.
Oct. 23, Talladega: Talladega is one of the most infamous tracks on the NASCAR circuit. With news that IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon was killed at the IRL Las Vegas race just a week prior, ‘Dega is sure to raise some eyebrows and attract some extra attention as safety becomes a main issue. With that in mind, Kevin Harvick is salivating for another Talladega win to follow up his 2010 victory there, but it’s Jimmie Johnson who is the reigning champ from this spring’s earlier race at the speedway.
Oct. 30, Martinsville: Martinsville is a consistently fast track, and Denny Hamlin has dominated on this track in recent years. Hamlin has to step it up to stay at the top here, as drivers like Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth will also be looking for big wins at the Martinsville Speedway.
Nov. 6, Texas: Jimmie Johnson is notorious for pouring on the heat at the end of the season, and early November is a great time for him to put his car in gear. The AAA Texas 500 is a must-see for racing lovers, and will be an especially great race this season as JJ shoots for his sixth championship Sprint Cup title.
Nov. 13, Phoenix: Jeff Gordon took Phoenix earlier this season with a big win at the Subway Fresh Fit 500, maneuvering around a crash and passing up Kyle Busch to take the late win. Can he do it again at Phoenix in November at the Kobalt Tools 500? Gordon is on the cusp of being in the Top 10, and this race could determine a lot.
Nov. 20, Homestead: It all comes down to this, folks. Will Jimmie Johnson secure his sixth straight Sprint Cup Series championship title in 2011 or will he relinquish his throne to another driver? Homestead will decide it all, and JJ won’t get his crown if Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch have anything to say about it. Edwards and Busch are two of the strongest competitors in the Cup, and have both locked down recent wins at the Ford 400.
Who will take the title of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion? It will be determined at the end of November, as these last few races mark the most important ones of the year for stock car racing.