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Is the Nationwide Series going to have a Chase?

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Let's be honest, the Nationwide points race right now is an absolute laugher, and the Sprint Cup Series would be as well if it wasn't for the Chase.

So don't be totally surprised that it's being reported by Terry Blount of ESPN.com that NASCAR officials are looking into a possible Nationwide Chase that would exclude full time Cup drivers.

NASCAR president Mike Helton met with Nationwide Series team owners, drivers and crew chiefs Monday in Concord, N.C., to discuss cost-containment ideas and possible changes that would allow a Nationwide-only driver to win the championship.

If implemented, a Nationwide Series Chase probably would have fewer drivers and fewer races than the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which has 12 drivers for the final 10 events.

Yes, I realize that one runaway isn't the best instigator for a change, but the Nationwide Series is in desperate need of some shakeup and a smaller scale Chase is a great way to start. Add in the potential limit of Cup drivers in Nationwide races in 2011 and this is a great way to find out who the best Nationwide team is going to be.

If Marty Smith is correct, my way-too-early prediction is Aric Almirola, who's reportedly signed with JR Motorsports to drive the no. 88 car next year.

And remember, all you Chase-haters, if it wasn't for the Chase, Sam Bass would already be three fourths of the way done with a 2010 Sprint Cup champion print with Harvick's face on it.

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