Volume III, Issue 9, Page 10
With John Carollo

I’m one of you. Long before my first article or big name interview and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been a stock car fan. So for that reason, my name doesn’t matter and neither does my photo. It’s more like we’re just sitting here in the grandstand before the race, talking about Chevys and NASCAR. Hey, you want a cold one? --JC

We’re Chevy Chase and You’re Not!

Its gut check time, folks. Time to see what you’re packin’! The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase has begun and Chevy’s got six cars in the Terrific Twelve. Now, even with my mad math skills, that makes half. But the real story is if Chevy (or any of the three Fords in the Chase) has the stones to crack the stranglehold those Tie-Odas got on both the points and Victory Lane this season. A quick review of the races up to the Chase shows them furriners winning nine races and Chevy winning seven. I think Ford won eight.  

Dig this. The new Chase format actually comes in and helps the Bow Tie Brigade. You see, when the Chase starts, the points kinda hunker down and make everyone a contender again. The Top Twelve all start over with 5,000 points each. But like the IRS, the Chase giveth and the Chase taketh away. New this year is a bonus point deal where any stud who wins a race gets ten extra Chase points. That was designed to keep folks from just driving around, being consistent and sitting pretty when Chase time comes along. But it’s been too long since anyone had a season like ol’ Kyle Busch is having. (He’s beenwinning in the other two series, too. With almost 20 wins to his credit overall, he’s really been kickin’ ass and takin’ names! So with his eight Cup wins, the cat they call ‘Wild Thing’ gets 80 extra points keeping him further away from the rest of the guys. Now they gotta hunt him down and catch him.

So, here’s our list of Chevy Impala SS boys in the Chase and how we see ‘em and their chances. Up front is Jimmy Johnson in the Lowes 48. He’s the current Sprint Cup Champ and starts the Chase in third position with four wins. The read on his team is they are a strong – and I mean POWERFUL STRONG – late season team. That’s how they won the last two titles. Hell, they could be in giddy-up mode right now with those back to back wins. On the other hand, it’s a stone cold bitch climbing that big ass mountain to win three championships in a row. And if’n you’re into stats, Double J is one of only two drivers who’s been in every Chase since they started in 2004. This could be 48’s time again.

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