The Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire saw a lot of carnage, but why?
The second race of the 2014 Chase ended with a lot of torn up race cars. 15 cautions flew during one of the shortest events of the year and the 300 miler surpassed Martinsville for the most cautions in a single race this year.
It's also the most cautions we've seen in Cup race at New Hampshire since 1994. So, why was there such an unusually high number of collisions? I have just one answer ... A lot of hungry drivers without nothing to lose, but everything to gain.
18 of the 43 drivers entered were classified by NASCAR as being a part of at least one incident, nine of which were Chasers.The point of NASCAR's new Chase format was to entice the drivers to race harder and to create more action throughout the Chase races. No matter how you feel about the new system, there's no denying that they certainly achieved that goal.
There were a lot of stressed out drivers knowing that they couldn't give an inch, or they could potentially be facing elimination next weekend.
Now we head into Dover, the 'Monster Mile,' and an astonishing twelve points separate a total of nine drivers. Four will be eliminated, but all are on the hot seat. Get ready to see more of what we saw in New England when we head to the concrete jungle in Delaware.