Jimmie Johnson went to Martinsville and won when he needed it, to take the Chase lead with 3 races left. Denny Hamlin had the car to beat, but his car left him down. The Chase looks to be between Keselowski and Johnson, but Bowyer and Kahne are not going to make it easy on them. I’m not even going to talk about the other 7 guys in the Chase, because they are toast.
|2012 NASCAR Chase Standings after Race 7 of 10|
|1. Jimmie Johnson||2,291||The points leader grabbed the pole for the AAA Texas 500 and looks to put his foot on the throat of the Chase.|
|2. Brad Keselowski||2,289 (-2)||Starting 8th in Texas is a great spot for Keselowski to stay close to JJ. He doesn’t has good history in Texas, but he has broken his history all season.|
|3. Clint Bowyer||2,265 (-26)||Bowyer is starting 4th in Texas and is going to do his best to make sure this isn’t a 2 horse race to the finish. He needs to finish strong and have some trouble come to the 48 and 2.|
|4. Kasey Kahne||2,262 (-29)||Just like Bowyer, Kahne is going to try to stay in this Chase. He is starting 13th so he has more work to do, but he has the talent.|
|5. Denny Hamlin||2,242 (-49)||His car quit on him in Martinsville when he needed it most and he is almost finished in the Chase. He needs to win some races and have the other cars to find some trouble.|
Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer are going to be favorites at Texas this week as one looks to hold the lead and one looks to move up. The big question is if Keselowski can stay near the top and hold close to Johnson. I like Carl Edwards as the Non-Chaser to watch, but I am going with Matt Kenseth to get his 4th win of the season.