With only 4 races left to lock in the Dozen will we see those few on the bubble taking risks? We've got Truex Jr. , Busch, Newman and Earnhardt Jr. all vying for those 11th and 12th spots. Personally, I like the change from 10 to 12 spots in the Chase and I think 15 would bring even more challengers at the end. It seems there are always those top 8 or so who will make the Chase, but by opening up another 7 we'd see a lot of different or unlikely drivers enter the equation.
I've been wondering if from a marketing standpoint will the #8 merchandise fly off the racks now or become stagnant? My buddy Ted who owns a NASCAR retail store feels the items will collect dust. The items have been the biggest sellers and are now in question. I personally will add an '07 #8 diecast to my collection... I just don't know which one. In memory of the #8 and it's final year with Dale Jr. I will probably choose the traditional red Bud car. RIP #8 !!