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NASCAR 2015: still too early to hit anyone’s panic button

Maybe it’s just me, but all this worry about certain drivers this early in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season just seems somewhat premature. Primarily, I’m talking about Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

Don’t forget, folks, we’re in the era of “win and your in” the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That is, as long as said driver(s) is/are in the top-30 in the championship points standings and has/have started every race or received a medical waiver at the conclusion of race 26 on the 36-race schedule.

I think it’s way premature to start worrying about either of these guys, and pretty much any other driver in the points basement for that matter. The season is only three races old, and one of those races was the anomaly of Daytona.

I’ll touch on the Gordon predicament first, because it’s the easiest one to brush off, so to speak. Gordon’s issues have, at least for the most part, have been a matter of getting caught up in someone else’s mess, i.e. — wreck. That string of bad luck has to stop sometime, I would think. Besides, Gordon has two poles in the three races, so far, this season, so speed is definitely there.

Then, there’s Stewart. Okay, I acknowledge that there is/are some issue(s) going on there that the team needs to figure out and fix. Is it the cars? Is it team chemisty? Is it a matter of the new rules package not fitting Stewart’s driving style? Judging from in-race radio communications from the past weekend’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when a frustrated Stewart complained about the latest Sprint Cup car incarnation driving like an Xfinity Series car, there probably is some conflict from what Stewart is used to and this new package.

That being said, it’s not too late to figure out the problem(s) and solution(s) and implement the fix(es). There are still 23 races to get to victory lane and make the Chase, that is if he can get into the top-30, and race wins would pretty much do that for a full-time driver. Granted, he hasn’t looked to be anywhere near victory lane so far in 2015, but I do believe there’s still time to figure things out and get that ship righted. For that reason, I’m not ready to declare a throwing in of the towel on Stewart’s 2015 season, at least not yet.

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Posted by on March 10, 2015. Filed under Blog by Amanda Vincent,NASCAR. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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