NASCAR Chase Pulls Up to the Halfway Mark

By: Rob Shaw Email
By: Rob Shaw Email

The boys of Nascar reach the halfway mark in the Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship this weekend. And it won't come too quickly either. The race at the Lowe's MotorSpeedway has 334 laps involved, good for 501 miles. One of the many obstacles at completing the 31st race of the season.

"It's tough staying good all night long, it's easy to get it right in the beginning, but as the night goes on, the track changes so much, that it's really tough to stay on top of things, like keeping your car turning," says Hendrick driver Jimmy Johnson.

While it is the driver who receives all the accolades, when it comes to racing under the lights in Charlotte, the crew chiefs play a large role.

"It always seems like someone is real strong at the end, you have to get the car to be set up at the end... The teams with the real good crew chiefs, guys that can really make adjustments during the race, perform well at Charlotte," comments Carl Edwards.

"Charlotte's unique, obviously we race from the twilight to the night-time... it's difficult to get to that point because all of our practice time is usually during the day," says machine number 48 crew chief Chad Knaus.

After finishing the race, the boys of Nascar will be halfway towards the final race of the Chase, meaning that a winner may be in sight."


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