Originally written on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 10/16/14
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Tick . . . Tock . . . Tick . . . Tock as the 2012 NASCAR season counts down its regular race season and drivers “on the bubble” for “The Chase” are beginning to run out of time. This week highlighted the bump-and-run environment of Bristol Motor Speedway, a ½ mile oval track notorious for its fender-bender banging & tight turns. Going into Saturday night’s 24th of 26 races with the Irwin Tools Night Race, questions continued to linger for the Wild Card and “bubble” drivers like Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Ryan Newman. Following the 500 lap; three hour, nine minute race that was littered with 13 caution flags and one outstanding display of temper, most of the questions remained. To give you an idea about the environment at Bristol, of the 43-car field only 32 actually finished the course on time led by Denny Hamlin, his third win of the season and now a lock for “The Chase.”  Five times during the race, Hamlin lead but, it was the final 39 lap-leading ...
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