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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s 36-Race Season Is Half Done with Only 8 Races to the Chase

Rolling out of the Daytona crapshoot, those teams lucky and good enough to be in the top 12 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points are well-positioned. Only eight races remain before the points are reset and given the scanty point system, the Top Five are likely to get their share of the 384 points available before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. It’s time for half of the drivers and teams in the Top 20 as only 12 are going to get the chance for the coveted Sprint crown. Wins are more like treasure now. Crashes which result in even one DNF can be a mortal blow to playoff hopes. Consistency is essential. The Jimmie Johnson No. 48 Chevrolet team this season might also be thought of as the freight train beefing its way to the top spot i...

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