Yes, there’s been some good racing, but no one came from out of nowhere to advance in the first round of the Chase. Of the 16 Chase drivers, the top nine seeds advanced and there have been no upset race winners.
With the Major League Baseball playoffs going on, the NFL hitting full stride, and hockey and basketball getting started, NASCAR needs a Game 7 moment in the Chase to get fans engaged and fired up about racing again.
We need people pissed off and arguing about drivers. We need controversy. Rage. Righteous indignation. All of that stuff to kick start this Chase into high gear.
We got one of those Game 7 moments last year at Kansas Speedway, site of today’s Hollywood Casino 400. In the closing laps of the 2015 race, Joey Logano dumped leader Matt Kenseth with a well-placed nudge.
Logano drove on to victory, while Kenseth staggered home to a 14th-place finish after leading 153 laps.
Afterward, Kenseth was furious, and Logano was utterly unapologetic.
NASCAR boss France poured fuel on the fire by calling Logano’s move “quintessential NASCAR” and suggesting Logano was smart to not only win, but to take out a title rival in the process.