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Who's in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship?

A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship field, which was set after Saturday's race at Richmond. The 10-race Chase starts with 16 drivers. The field is cut to 12 drivers after the first three races, then eight after six, then four going into the finale, Nov. 22 at Homestead.

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet, 2,012 points: His status as top seed belies a quiet summer; in the past 13 races he has no wins and more finishes outside the top 10 (five) than top-fives (three).

Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota, 2,012: After missing 11 races he charged into the playoffs; he's an example of why the injury exemption rule for the Chase is a good idea by NASCAR.

Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota, 2,012: Has two wins at short tracks (Bristol and Saturday at Richmond) and two at superspeedways (Michigan and Pocono), again proving his versatility heading into another Chase.

Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford, 2,009: His Chase spot has been secure since his season-opening Daytona 500 win and he has picked up the pace again in the past month.

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Chevrolet, 2,006: The defending champion has led the points almost all year and handily leads the series in top fives (18), top 10s (22) and laps led (1,450).

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Chevrolet, 2,006: If he gets past the first Chase cut and needs a win to make the second, you have to like his chances at Talladega better than anyone's.

Kurt Busch, No. 41 Chevrolet, 2,006: Like his brother, he missed part of the season; in Kurt's case it was a three-race ban. And like Kyle, he still made the Chase easily.

Carl Edwards, No. 19 Toyota, 2,006: Last week's win at Darlington gave him a boost in his debut season with Joe Gibbs Racing, which got all four of its cars into the Chase.

Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford, 2,003: He hasn't returned to his six-win form of last season but the 2012 champion has 18 top-10 finishes; only Harvick and Logano have more.

Martin Truex, No. 78 Chevrolet, 2,003: How did he carry the one-car Furniture Row team into the Chase? Consistency. He has 17 top-10 finishes.

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota, 2,003: He'll enter the Chase with a torn ACL from playing basketball. Of perhaps more concern, his lone 2015 win was back in March.

Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Chevrolet, 2,000: In his 14th season, he clinched his first career Chase berth simply by starting Saturday. His average finish of 15.1 before Saturday is his second-best ever.

Jeff Gordon:, No. 24 Chevrolet, 2,000: In his final season, the four-time champion is winless and needs to find better form quickly if he doesn't want his Chase bid to be three and out.

Ryan Newman, No. 31 Chevrolet, 2,000: Richard Childress Racing is winless this season, and last year too, but has four top-five runs among his 12 top-10 finishes.

Paul Menard, No. 27 Chevrolet, 2,000: He made his first Chase despite just four top-10 finishes and a single lap led all season.

Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Toyota, 2,000: This is the final shot at glory for Michael Waltrip Racing, which is folding up its full-time operation at the end of the season.

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