I have to agree Al... Toss the whole first half of the year out, call it PRACTICE - because it doesn't mean anything any more. I'm affraid to say the LAST TRUE CHAMP we will know is Kenseth, he earned that and won it by a serious margin.
Now, it's time for THOSE who cannot do better than the top ten to pack it up, strike NASCAR and see how little stands get packed with 10 cars on the track. Sponsors can't be happy, their cars get little to no air time now UNLESS of course they are the chosen few.
I'm making plans as I type this (well almost as I'm typing this) to setup a trip to Watkins Glen next season - the Glen isn't too long from losing its Nextel race and that will be a great loss for this sport.
I have it planned for a friend and a coworker/friend - strictly a guy trip, and what a blast THAT will be.