Wake Me When Its Over

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Is anybody getting as bored with The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup as I am?

I'm not an anti-Hendrick Motorsports fan by any stretch of the imagination, as this column might seem to some. But, The Chase has certainly lost a lot of its lustre as far as I'm concerned.

At this late juncture, I, as I'm sure is the case with many NEXTEL Cup Series fans, was hoping that the championship race would be wide open and not just a two-horse race. With four races to go, however, it appears that only Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson will have the opportunity to be celebrating in Gatorade Victory Lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With all due respect to Clint Bowyer, the driver of the No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet doesn't have much of a prayer to win it all despite the fact he's only 115 points out of the lead. If Bowyer and that team had the capability of winning two or three of the final four races and finishing in the top three in the other, then perhaps he'd still be in it.

But, that's just not the case. Perhaps he could win at Phoenix, a one-mile track, but not at Atlanta, Texas or Homestead - all of which are 1.5-mile venues.

Even Tony Stewart, who, at times I'm not enamored with because of his off-track demeanor and on-track shenanigans, has proven to be a big disappointment in The Chase. I picked Stewart to win the title at the beginning of the year, but he and the No. 20 Home Depot team have been a big bust during the NEXTEL Cup Series' "post-season."

Matt Kenseth hasn't even been a factor in The Chase, neither has Denny Hamlin. It's rare to see Kenseth and his team fall apart like they have. And Hamlin? You've got to wonder what's happened to that team over the last few weeks. It's mind-boggling.

Kyle Busch has been running better lately, but it's too little, too late for him. It would have been fun to see him throw a wrench into the whole thing with the other two Hendrick cars, especially since he's leaving at the end of the season. No such luck, however.

The rest of The Chase participants have hardly been worth mentioning. Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards and Jeff Burton have basically been invisible out there. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Four of the first six Chase races have been won by either Gordon or Johnson, including the last three at Talladega Superspeedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. Both have won seven races this season and have certainly proven their dominance over the course of the season.

Even suspensions to both of their crew chiefs earlier this year couldn't derail their success or their confidence. There's certainly little doubt as to which organization is the best in all of NASCAR.

Hendrick Motorsports fans are rejoicing and, I myself am happy about the fact that Johnson has a chance to repeat. I just wish it could be just a little bit more tense and exciting than this.

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