When's The Last Time Only 12 Cars Started A Nascar Race?

William CorleyCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2009

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 13:  NASCAR officals hold up their hands to signal that the drivers are ready to start the race, prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Dodge Avenger 500 on May 13, 2007 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.   (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Here we are in October and the Chase is starting to Heat Up! A recent incident, normally called "That's Racing" has escalated into a battle of words between Denny "Hot Head"  Hamlin and Brad "The Idiot" Keselowski.

As if Nascar wanted controversy during the Chase for the Cup, they have some now with Denny and Brad.

Now, Nascar See's a chance to really escalate this story by sending a message to Keselowski's crew at Kansas and demand that Keselowski not mix it up with the twelve Chase contenders.

43 Cars started the race at Kansas and ALL of them should be allowed to Race! Seems Nascar thought that Keselowski was leaning on JP Montoya a little Too Much.

After being spun at Dover, Hamlin reacted by calling Keselowski an "Idiot". What I saw was a racing move to the inside of Hamlin, who then came down to try and block Brad's aggressive line.

How soon we FORGET! I remember seeing Mr. Hamlin at Pocono, upset at the loss of his Grandmother, FORGET all about racing etiquette and spin David Reutimann out of any chance to Make the Chase.

After the race, I didn't hear Reutimann call Hamlin an "IDIOT". That's because David has some class. Yet in Racing, what goes around, comes around.

Car No.11 has a Bulls Eye on it and if Nascar lets The Fans see a real Race, they won't send down orders to the other 31 Drivers to Stay Away From The other 12 Chase contenders.

Denny Hamlin CAN drive a Race Car, but so can a lot of other drivers who didn't make it into the Elite Field of Twelve Chase Contenders.

So please Nascar, don't put a bubble around 12 cars when there are actually 43 cars in the race!

William Corley