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NASCAR dreaming of more drama

Originally Published: September 15, 2005
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

Finally, after 26 races, thousands of laps and all the hype anyone could stand, the Chase is on.

Ten drivers. Ten races. One champion.

And if the next 10 races unfold as they did last year, NASCAR officials can dream of a scenario in which the Nextel Cup champion isn't determined until the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway in late November.

On the surface, it does sound like a dream. After all, before the Chase's creation, there were close championship battles now and ...

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