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This is Championship Weekend in NASCAR.
So far two of the three championships have been determined at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, the one that has everyone buzzing is yet to be determined. The Sprint Cup championship is the culmination of thirty-six weeks of racing throughout the USA. Therefore after thirty-five weeks, the championship is down to one race, two drivers, and just the tiniest of margins, 3 points, in determining who will be the reigning 2011 Sprint Cup champion!
The two drivers who have survived the Chase format for the 2011 season is, two-time champion Tony Stewart, and the consistently performing Carl Edwards.
In the head-to-head comparisons, it appears to be a dead-heat. That is, both drivers have two wins at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. On closer scrutiny, Stewart’s two wins came on the older flat configuration, Edwards’ two wins, however, have come on the newer progressively banked configuration!
Nevertheless, Tony Stewart has won many championships during his racing career, and most likely can deal with the pressure. Stewart may have a better understanding of what to expect, what it takes to win a championship, but is that enough to make a difference?
Sometimes being new to the pressures of a championship hunt, can work in your favor. Could it be that, what Carl Edwards doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, be a benefit to his quest for the championship?
Who will stake their claim on the Sprint Cup championship? For most who are in the know, it is a dead heat. However, I will stick my neck out with a bold prediction. Just twelve weeks ago Tony Stewart made a bold statement that his team didn’t deserve to be in the Chase, with the way that they performed in the races leading up to the Chase. His team was extremely inconsistent during “the regular season”! That comment obviously lit a fire within the organization!
It is my opinion that the most consistent driver during this season will win the championship. That driver is Carl Edwards, because………………………….
Winning is an attitude!
Who do you think will exhibit that winning attitude today at Homestead-Miami Speedway?
One race, two drivers, one championship, who will be the last man standing?
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!