Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty darn proud of myself at this point in the 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. Why’s that? Because my Chase grid is looking pretty good. Actually, I’m kind of thinking it looks better than good.
I’ve heard, repeatedly, from NASCAR reporters, both on radio and television, go on and on about how Chase grids/brackets are busted, so to speak, how noboby could’ve predicted some of the eliminations to date.
But I’ve somehow managed to do a pretty bang-up job, if I do say so myself. Okay, okay, just give me this moment, because generally, my predictions ended being pretty far off when all is said in done.
I admit, I’m just now getting around to checking my original predictions against reality, but I did remember my final four, realizing after last week’s Geico 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway that three of my final four drivers were still in it. Finally, upon further inspection of my grid predictions from before the onset of the Chase, I realize that my eight Eliminator round drivers almost mirror the real ones. The only slot in the eight I missed out on was the one driver I had making it all the way to Homestead-Miami Speedway that got knocked out at Talladega — Dale Earnhardt Jr.
My one miss for advancement from the Contender round to the Eliminator round was Carl Edwards, as I had Earnhardt, not Edwards advancing. Yes, I can honestly say that I did NOT have Johnson advancing from the Contender round. I’m actually getting the impression that I must’ve been one of the few. Yay, me.
My grid still looked perfect after the Challenger round and is still looking good after the Contender round. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty darn proud of myself. My NCAA tournament brackets sure don’t ever turn out this well.
Don’t believe my original bracket really still looks this good, thinking maybe I’ved cheated and changed it, look back over my previous posts, at least ones from right before the Chase and check it out.
Anyway, enough patting myself on the back; fact of the matter is, Earnhardt’s out now, so I figure on Joey Logano replacing Earnhardt in the final four I have in my bracket. At this point, I may be reconsidering my championship pick and instead thinking more along the lines of one of the two Team Penske drivers (Logano and Brad Keselowski) hoisting the Sprint Cup. But, I promise, I won’t change my grid. I’ll leave it with Gordon and champ and see how this all plays out.
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