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Did ‘New, Improved’ Bristol Live Up to the Hype, and Should It Be in the Chase?

Reporters aren't supposed to have or play favorites, but I must admit: Bristol Motor Speedway has long held a special place in my heart.  It is, without question, one of my favorite sports venues (and I don't mean just racetracks) in the world.

In fact, I've gone so far as to write or say numerous times over the years how much I'd like to see BMS become part of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup.

That is, until Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at BMS. After watching that race, it became very clear to me why NASCAR has yet to slot Bristol into the Chase, as well as why that should never happen.

Much of my decision stems from the changes that were made to the track between last spring's race there and last n...

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