Michael Waltrip Racing (drivers Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Martin Truex, Jr.)
and 2 for Ford:
Front Row Motorsports (drivers Josh Wise, Michael McDowell, David Gilliland)
Make every race, maybe every 2nd or 3rd race, a true eliminator. Yes, I mean taking out the drivers who can drive, but can’t race competitively enough. Those who place, say, last or next-to-last should be out for the season. Say we whittle the field by 3 or 3 every 3rd race, and by July 5, when NASCAR visits Daytona again for the Coke Zero 400, we are down to 25 drivers. With 9 races to go, we eliminate 2 drivers per race for the first 7, then the last driver in the last 2 races. With that, the Chase would begin with 10 drivers, with points reset to zero, and a simple 10 to 1 points rating to rank each.
Now for the 500 analysis: Terry Labonte is appearing in his 62nd race, Mark Martin his 55th, Ken Schrader his 45th. Neither have won here.
In terms of ‘batting average’, Jeff Gordon has won 6 of 42 races, Tony Stewart 4-for-30, Jimmie Johnson 3-for-24 and Trevor Bayne 1-for-6.
Top 10s: Kurt Busch 13-26, 50%, best of this field, yet he hasn’t won either.
Stats gently borrowed from http://www.racing-reference.info I love this site; you should, too.
Here’s how I see the Top 10:
5 Truex Jr.
7 Landon Cassill