Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Sports

June 25, 2014

de la Bastide: The Chase is taking shape

10 races remain to get into NASCAR's championship field

With 10 races remaining until the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins, the field is starting to take shape with several drivers looking for a win to lock themselves into the hunt.

NASCAR changed the format for the 2014 championship Chase with drivers securing a victory almost assured of a starting spot in the 16-team field. The remaining positions will be determined by season points.

Eleven drivers have recorded at least one victory to date as the series heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Jimmie Johnson, the defending series champion, has recorded three wins. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards have two victories each.

Drivers with one victory are Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.

Kurt Busch is the only race winner currently not in the top 16 of the point standings.

Matt Kenseth is fourth in points, Ryan Newman is eighth, rookie Kyle Larson is 10th with Paul Menard, Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne making up the remainder of the top 16.

With Kurt Busch having a victory, if nothing were to change over the next 10 races then Kahne would not be in contention for the championship.

Tony Stewart is currently without a victory and sits 17th in the point standings.

For Kenseth, Stewart, Newman, Larson, Menard, Biffle and Kahne, a victory in one of the remaining 10 races before the Chase starts is imperative.

Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers and Marcus Ambrose lead the drivers not locked into a Chase position currently with two top-five finishes in the first 16 races. I suspect if there is going to be another race winner it will come from this group of drivers.

Drivers in the top 16 that I anticipate having a victory before the Chase are Kenseth and Kahne. Kahne is the only driver with Hendrick Motorsports without a win. Johnson, Gordon and Little E have won six of the first 16 races and hold down the top three point positions.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • WHS Lgn soccer 03 Western routs Logan in girls soccer The difference for Western's girls soccer team was night and day. The Panthers had a night to think about what went wrong in a 2-1 loss at Frankfort on Wednesday, then came out with a different approach Thursday and thrashed Logansport 8-0.

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup for Friday, Aug. 22 Western's boys cross country team took the top scoring spots in each of the three races at the Northwestern Combo meet on Thursday, combining to win the event in a time of 54:43. Tipton was second (60:41), Northwestern third (61:49) and Maconaquah fourth (62:17). The rest of the teams were incomplete.

    August 22, 2014

  • High school football kicks off tonight Week 1 of the high school football season is here. Four of the five Howard County schools hit the road for their openers. Taylor is the lone Howard County squad at home tonight. Kokomo visits Mount Vernon, Eastern makes the short trip to Oak Hill for the squads' 18th straight meeting in Week 1, Western visits Frankfort for the squads' 16th straight opener, and Northwestern travels to Clinton Central. Taylor hosts North White in a matchup of future Hoosier Heartland Conference opponents. Like Eastern and Western, several KT-area squads are in rivalry matchups including Tipton (at Hamilton Heights), Cass (vs. Pioneer) and Maconaquah (at North Miami). The start times of several games tonight have been pushed back in anticipation of a hot, humid tonight. Here is tonight's schedule: 7 p.m. kickoffs • Kokomo at Mount Vernon • North White at Taylor • Pioneer at Cass • Maconaquah at North Miami • Peru at Wabash • Tipton at Hamilton Heights • Carroll at Tri-County 7:30 p.m. kickoffs • Western at Frankfort • Northwestern at Cl. Central • Eastern at Oak Hill • Tri-Central at Lapel|High school football kicks off tonightWeek 1 of the high school football season is here. Four of the five Howard County schools hit the road for their openers. Taylor is the lone Howard County squad at home tonight.Kokomo visits Mount Vernon, Eastern

    August 22, 2014

  • SPL - KT082214 - Tom Lindley column - Lindley column sig LINDLEY: Another stumble begs questions about ND Not again. Not Notre Dame. Sorry, Irish fans. It’s sad but true. The stench of academic fraud — followed by a sweeping investigation — is back in the air in South Bend.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT082114 Brett Bowman column-pic Smackdown gets rolling tonight The three biggest nights of the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series’ season kick off tonight and conclude Saturday night with the third-running of the Stoops’ Freightliner Sprint Car Smackdown at the Kokomo Speedway.The event is rapidly gaining mo

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kokomo tennis 04 Prep roundup for Thursday, Aug. 21: Kokomo tennis tops Alex Kokomo’s boys tennis team topped Alexandria 4-1 on the Wildkat courts on Wednesday to even the Kats’ record at 1-1.The No. 1 doubles team of Blake Brookshire and Joey Hurlocker won 6-2, 6-4 and were the first point off the court for the Kats. The No.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor fball practice 01 Titans adjusting on the fly to new coach When Taylor found itself without a football coach after the sudden departure of Eric Davis in the first week of preseason practice, the school turned to one person who couldn’t say no, no matter how difficult the situation.Long-time girls basketball

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • EHSvsPeruFB 19 Peru looks to take another step in the right direction The Peru football team posted a 4-6 record last year, which marked the Bengal Tigers’ best showing since the 2000 team went 7-5.Peru coach Bob Prescott would like to build on its 2013 success.“We are trying to improve every day, and taking it one day

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jenkins card Greatest Save brings Major Leaguers to Kokomo Community First Bank Executive Vice President Bob Hickman saw first hand the great benefits and excitement the Greatest Save program brought to the community of Evansville the last two years. He watched as Major League Baseball legends like Rollie Fi

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • Age no opponent for some of NFL's veteran stars NEW YORK (AP) — There's something stunning happening on Michael Vick's head. You can't see them from far away, but up close, tiny gray hairs are starting to emerge — color-sapped reminders that the New York Jets quarterback is no longer the speedy y

    August 20, 2014

Featured Ads
SportsKT twitter
More kokomotribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Hamm Talks Emmy Chances Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.