by Charlie Turner
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Brian France invented the Chase to the Sprint Cup championship. And with that creation, he spawned ways of talking about, and analyzing NASCAR racing that his Hall of Fame inducted predecessors hadn’t dreamed of.
We’re in the playoffs now baby. We can talk stats just like the stick and ball boys do.
It’s just that, things are a little tougher to quantify, maybe.
Driver Ratings? Check.
But I have a new one. I call it the Jimmie Stat. And it goes like this…
How many times in the history of the Chase, has a driver finished in front of the Chase points leader – Jimmie Johnson in 2009 – four times in the last five Chase races?
Why is that important? Well the fiendish 48 team is 90 points up on poor old, second place Mark – the Great Grey Hope – Martin. And Jeff Gordon – the guy, half of everyone, use to love to hate – is 135 back. With five races to go.
I say, it’s the equivalent of trailing a seven game series in baseball, hockey or basketball, two games to none. Because, to have any likely chance to finish in front of Johnson, you’ll have to beat him in four of the five races.
Only three NBA teams have overcome 2-0 deficits to win the Finals.
In the World Series, 11 of the 50 teams to trail 2-0 have come back to win the Series.
The Stanley Cup has seen four teams rebound from 2-0 starts. The Penguins did it last year, in fact.
Can anyone beat the Johnson-Knaus combo in four of the next five? Is this stat even viable? Let me know what you think.
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