The Chase format as presently constructed IS NOT WORKING!! I find it extremely fishy that the only 3 guys that have a chance at the title are all running in the Top 5 today. These are guys that don't even run very well at Phoenix, especially Hamlin. The other drivers are too afraid of rocking the boat, they are just letting those 3 guys run right past them and battle it out between themselves. Well, guess what?...Not much is going to change when they all come in 1-2-3 in these last two races. And that's about what I expect to happen. This Phoenix race is boring enough as it is....no need to make it more boring by not racing to win. Very disappointed in the end of the Chase every season. Something needs to change. Maybe make this Phoenix race a "wildcard" race every season....if you win, whether you are in the Chase or not, you start the final race in an automatic points tie with the overall points leader going into Homestead. Then maybe there'd be a little competition out there on the track today.
You're right, it seems like no one is willing to race them hard as they would in June or July. Homestead is just as bad as Phoenix