If Clint Bowyer or Kasey Kahne can capture the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, they will have made history. The title would be the largest deficit anyone made up with three races remaining since Dale Earnhardt did it in 1990. Bowyer and Kahne sit 26 and 29 points behind points leader Jimmie Johnson respectively and have a decent chance at chasing down history.
Earnhardt was 49 points behind points leader Mark Martin entering the Mello Yellow 500 at Charlotte in the third to last race in 1990 and used a late season 10th, first, and third in his final three races to beat Martin for the title. The championship was the fourth of Earnhardt’s record-tying seven titles.
Where Kahne and Bowyer can make history is Earnhardt did that in the old points system. If the points were in today’s system, he would have been down only 12 points with three to go. That would make Bowyer or Kahne’s feat even more impressive as it would be the biggest comeback in series history.
Both have the capability of doing so too. Bowyer won at Texas’ sister track in Charlotte just a few weeks ago and runs well at Texas. Kahne, also runs well at Texas as he won there in 2006 and has five career top 10 finishes at the 1.5-mile oval.
Then, the series heads to Phoenix where Kahne is the defending champion and consistently runs well there. This feat can certainly be accomplished with a little bit of luck and a strong finish this weekend in Texas. Maybe this season we can see some history made.
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