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FYI WIRZ NASCAR Chase Math: 8 Points Between Top 4 Drivers, 5 Races to Go

The spread between the top four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in the points lead is a mere eight points. With 13 different drivers having wins in 2012 going into race No. 22 at Watkins Glen this race weekend, points and wins have become gold. Only five races remain before the points are reset for the 10-race playoff. Considering that Dale Earnhardt Jr. retained the points lead after a transmission swap during Pocono and Matt Kenseth clung to second after a front-row crash, the value of points in the stingy NSCS race reward formula is obvious. Eager teams take on the challenging 2.45-mile road course at Watkins Glen International, the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen, Aug. 12 at noon ET. Fans without tickets can watch drivers struggle through the tw...

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