I admit, I hadn’t looked at my completed NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup grid until recently, despite the first round ending last weekend with the running of the AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. And I have to say, it didn’t look so bad.
I was expecting complete disaster. Maybe the elimination of four-race winner and six-time Jimmie Johnson magnified the possibilities of prognostication miscues, especially since I couldn’t remember for sure exactly who I had eliminated in round one. One thing I did remember, though, was that I did have Johnson advancing to round two.
But when I checked out my completed grid, I saw that the damage was minimal. As a matter-of-fact, Johnson’s elimination was the only one I missed, well, that and the coordinating non-elimination of Jeff Gordon. You see, I just had the wrong Hendrick Motorsports driver eliminated. I had Gordon getting cut in the first round, not Johnson. Other than that, so far, so good.
Good thing Kevin Harvick pulled out that win at Dover to advance in the 11th hour. If he hadn’t, my grid sure would’ve gone on some kind of prognostication life support. After all, I have Harvick in the final round.
I also had Johnson getting to round three, so there’s another screw-up on my grid that hasn’t come to fruition, yet. Well, at least all four of my final-four drivers are still in championship contention.
I was perfect in my round-one picks a year ago, so I guess I kind of slipped a little this time around. But, I’m still not doing too bad. Heck, my Chase grid still looks a lot better than my NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket usually looks this far into the game.
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Here’s a link to an updated Chase grid.
FYI — Here’s the grid I completed before the Chase started: