The Chase for the Sprint Cup in NASCAR is similar in nature to playoffs in other popular sports, The Sprint Cup chase encompasses the final ten races of the NASCAR season, where the points are reset to reflect ten points for each race won during the regular racing season in addition to a standard 5000 points. This method of scoring rewards winners of races, but makes the final races of the NASCAR betting season compelling and exciting from a spectator’s point of view.
The top twelve racers qualify for the Sprint Cup Chase just before the final ten races. This format puts importance on the beginning of the season, as one must perform well, just as they must if in the NFL or NBA. The chase plays through with the top twelve “regular season” drivers; however, the race still displays an entire field of drivers. Each driver outside the top twelve in standings compete in their own competition, which rewards a top prize of $1 million to the driver finishing in thirteenth place in the NASCAR point standings.
While each NASCAR race throughout the season is important, the Chase for the Sprint Cup commands additional attention from media and spectators alike. Sponsors covet the opportunity to have their sponsored drivers and teams in the chase for obvious reasons. Corporations love increased exposure. Additionally, drivers, teams, sponsors, and fans love the bragging rights the chase brings.
Racers Lined up for this Year’s Chase
Currently, there are six races to go until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. Tony Stewart sits atop the leaderboard with 3188 points. Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon trail by 197 and 199 points respectively. Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne make the middle of the pack, while Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle are the bottom of the pack of those who qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Sitting near the bubble are drivers Kyle Bush, who is 101 points away from the twelfth and final spot in the chase. Brian Vickers, Clint Bowyer, and David Reutimann each sit just behind Busch while vying for a spot in the chase for the Sprint Cup.
While it is still anyone’s chase Tony Stewart, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon have been running away with the show during the main season of the NASCAR odds year. Over 250 nascar odds points separate Gordon from Busch, while Stewart leads by 197 points, despite Jimmy Johnson holding one more win than Stewart. Regardless of the lead now, we are just a few races away from the points being reset – and away we go on the Chase for the Sprint Cup.