NASCAR: 5 Tracks That Belong in the Chase

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NASCAR: 5 Tracks That Belong  in the Chase
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The current Chase for the Sprint Cup has 10 great tracks already in it, but there are so many other tracks that deserve even a semi-regular chance to be part of the Chase, as well.

Now that we've all but whittled down the remaining contenders for the Chase for the Sprint Cup to Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski—barring a huge comeback from third- or fourth-ranked Clint Bowyer or Kasey Kahne in the last three races, of course—it's time to reflect a bit on some of the venues NASCAR has visited thus far in this year's Chase.

In much the same way we see Americans having a fervency for either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney for the presidency, if there's one thing that splits the vote for NASCAR fans, it's the 10 tracks that host the Chase each year.

Some wonder why certain tracks are in the Chase, while other venues are not, even though logic would dictate that some of those latter venues would be far superior to those that already offer a ringside seat to the Chase as it unfolds.

So we at Bleacher Report decided to come up with what we call "The 5 Tracks That Should Be in the Chase." It's not like there really is anything significantly wrong with any of the current 10 Chase sites, but variety isn't only the spice of life, it's also the spice of NASCAR—or at least it should be.

But before we list our five potential substitute sites, let's take this a step further. We want to be fair and equal to as many tracks as possible. We don't necessarily feel great about taking a Chase date away from one track, just to give it to another track, if for no other reason than it would just seem better.

Rather, what we'd like to see is NASCAR potentially go to a rotating, round-robin type of format when it comes to awarding which tracks would host races in the Chase every year.

In other words, move the Chase around—a lot. This way, we would give more NASCAR fans across this great land of ours an opportunity to see the Chase in their own backyards, rather than having to travel hundreds of miles and spending hundreds, if not more than a thousand dollars, just to see a race.

So what we'd like to see is rotate five races in and out of the Chase every year. In other words, and using Sunday's race at Martinsville for example, let it host a Chase race one year, and then be replaced by a comparable track the following year. Then we go back to Martinsville in the third year and continue to flip-flop sites with each passing year.

These are our picks. What are yours? Leave your comments after you've finished reading our picks.

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