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Chase for the Championship preview

A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship field, which was set after Saturday's race at Richmond. The 10-driver Chase starts with 16 drivers. The field is cut to 12 drivers after the first three races, then eight after six, then four drivers going into the finale, Nov. 20 at Homestead.

Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford, 2,012 points: His four wins are tied with Kyle Busch for the series lead and his consistency can't be ignored in the Chase.

Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota, 2,012: Going into Saturday he led the series in laps led (1,244) but had only one victory since early May and that came at Indy.

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota, 2,009: His Daytona 500 win didn't give him much early momentum but he has seven straight top-10s, including two wins, in the fall and Saturday was a boost.

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Chevrolet, 2,006: He has the most top-10 finishes (21) and the most runs in the top five (13) and has led the points most of the season.

Carl Edwards, No. 19 Toyota, 2,006: The second of four members on Joe Gibbs Racing's powerhouse in the Chase, joining Busch, Hamlin and Kenseth.

Martin Truex, No. 78 Toyota, 2,006: His one-car Furniture Row Racing team picked the right technical ally in Joe Gibbs, and Truex has delivered all season.

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet, 2,006: His two early victories this season seem like a distant memory; he has just two top-fives since May.

Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota, 2,006: His two wins came at Loudon and Dover, perhaps a good sign as both tracks pop up again early in the Chase.

Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford, 2,003: Had just one win but had the third-best average finish (11.8) entering Saturday; he just needs to avoid on-track fueds.

Kurt Busch, No. 41 Chevrolet, 2,003: Since winning in June at Pocono he has one finish better than 10th. Is one of three Stewart-Haas Chase entries (Harvick, Stewart).

Kyle Larson, No. 42 Chevrolet, 2,003: That long-awaited victory at Michigan felt like the start of big things to come; witness his six top-five runs this year.

Tony Stewart, No. 14 Chevrolet, 2,003: In his final season before retirement, Smoke has written one of the most compelling entries in the story of this Chase.

Chris Buescher, No. 34 Ford, 2,003: The rookie is probably the unlikeliest Chase entrant ever, but what a boost for underfunded Front Row Motorsports.

Chase Elliott, No, 24 Chevrolet, 2,000: The much-hyped rookie looked like he fit in right away in Jeff Gordon's old ride but slumped some in the summer.

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet, 2,000: The lone Chase entry for his grandfather Richard Childress' team has been no lower than 14th in points in 2016.

Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Chevrolet, 2,000: Larson's teammate, driving for Chip Ganassi, has only one top-five run and hasn't much looked like a contender.

Chase for the Championship preview

09/11/16 [Last modified: Sunday, September 11, 2016 12:09am]
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