IN THE DRAFT: Kenseth’s taking over the Chase

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

My last columns have been focused on an incident now known as “spingate.” So today, I am going to do the unthinkable and talk about racing.

I am watching Monday Night Football and it brings back a memory. I believe it was Don Meredith who once sang “turn out the lights, the party’s over.” Well, it looks like the Chase for the Sprint Cup is all but over.

Unless something changes it looks like the fat lady is warming up because Toyota, and especially Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, have been dominant two races into the Chase. And one should feel sorry for Busch. In other years, if he had finished second in those races he would have been leading the points, but not this year. Kenseth has stayed out of the limelight, avoided all the hubbub and won two races. Toyota is rolling.

Usually I would have made my pick on who would win the Chase, but because of everything that has happened I have put it on hold. I would not have picked Kenseth. Yes, he has had a good season, but I felt someone else would step up. I know you should never count out Jimmie Johnson. Thus I really felt he was the favorite.

I also felt Ryan Newman was a possibility to win it all. Ever since his win in Indianapolis and his release from Stewart-Haas Racing he has been running well so naturally he was a dark horse.

Another choice would have been Jeff Gordon. I know he hasn’t won a race this year, but with his luck and him being NASCAR’s golden boy, I just figured the horseshoe needed to win it was in his back pocket.

I have all but counted out any Fords. So there goes Logano, Biffle, Edwards and anyone else who drives a Ford. I don’t know what Ford did to NASCAR but they did something bad enough to be the stepchild.

So that leaves me Toyotas. I hate to say it, but they have been the most consistent all season, so why not?

Kenseth is a quiet champion. His win in 2003 laid the groundwork for what is today’s Chase. That season he won only one race yet he won the title. People thought a champion needed to win more. I wonder what kind of rule changes will be made if Kenseth wins another title? One thing for sure, he has a lot more wins this year and no one can deny his credibility now.

So go ahead and write Matt’s name down. I think he is going to win the title. The fat lady just changed from warming up to the main show. I can hear her now! See you next week.