Waking up this Monday morning after the final race of the Eliminator Round in NASCAR’s newly engineered 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, it’s hard to say the format hasn’t set out to do what it meant to accomplish.
The drama has been ratcheted up. The intensity has been off the hook. None of the remaining eight drivers were safe Sunday at Phoenix in the quest to get to the final four at Homestead.
But the best part about this new Chase, bar none, is the guaranteed element of surprise, something frequently lacking in recent Chase runs.
Depending on your favorite driver, that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But it’s certainly something you have to account for.
You have almost zero idea of what is going to happen going in, and in reflecting on the Chase so far, there’s almost no way to have projected who the final four would have been for Homestead.