Later today, NASCAR will have a new champion. Three drivers are in the hunt — Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. Johnson, of course, has won the last, like, gazillion NASCAR titles.
With the three drivers so close, NASCAR officials have made it clear they will not tolerate any “team orders” deciding things. It’s supposed to be just about the trio of contenders.
So says, ESPN. And you’ll see the tie-in right quick:
Hendrick said NASCAR wanted to make sure there were no influences outside the three drivers involved deciding the title, as there have been in other forms of motorsports. For example, Felipe Massa arrived at this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix saying he would give way to Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso if that’s what it took to win the Formula One title.
“This is a great Chase and they want to let it play out,” said Hendrick, who is going for a fifth straight title with Johnson, 15 points behind Hamlin. “That’s what everybody wants to do. That was it.
“It was good to get together, but we’ve got a lot of respect for each other. Nobody wants to win a championship like that. So we’re good.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be your current mention of F1 on America’s leading sports web site. A quick check of stories has the Ferrari vs. Italian politicians and Vettel winning the title as the other F1-related stories.
See why I worry about the USGP being a success?