I have not read this conspiracy anywhere. It comes solely from my own (cynical) mind. So, Jimmie Johnson had a whopping big lead in the NASCAR point standings until this past weekend's race at Michigan gave him his third DNF in a row. How likely was that? I think NASCAR made him drop out of those races to tighten the points race and reduce the spread from 1-12 in the points race to less than 400. That way they can get some additional drivers in the fanal 10 race chase for the championship. And that way they can get 2-3 Dodges in the chase. Dodge is in danger of not having a single driver qualify. As of now, there is still an over 400 point spread from positions 1-8, but a crash at Bristol this weekend for Jeff Gordon would tighten things up just as NASCAR needs. Or maybe he'll blow an engine, after all, his teammate, Jimmie Johnson, has blown the last three weeks in a row. The curse might hit Gordon this week.