Starting last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, and running through the end of our NASCAR on FOX broadcasts for 2013 at Dover International Speedway on June 2, the majority of the races will play a major role in determining who our 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion will be.
Six of those eight tracks appear on the schedule a second time during the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which starts in September. That obviously represents more than 50 percent of the tracks that are in this year's Chase.
Denny Hamlin, who is still recovering from his back injury, mentioned how much he hated missing the races at Martinsville and Texas this weekend for that very reason - they are in the Chase.
If you take that a step further, one of the two races in this next span that isn't in the Chase still plays a pivotal role in setting the Chase field, and that's the showdown at Richmond International Raceway. As I said last week, Easter weekend was a nice break for the teams and families, but if you look at th...