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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Chase Roars into Chicago with Field Razor Close

The first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup gets the green flag on Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The GEICO 400 on the 1.5-mile tri-oval with 18-degree banking should thrill fans in the stands or viewers tuning in to ESPN at 1 p.m. this Sunday. Twelve eager contenders will attack the track with at most only 12 points separating them from leader Denny Hamlin. With NASCAR’s 48 possible points per race, any contender could vault to the top with a good performance or with help from crashes or equipment failure from others. Despite the opportunities offered from a tight point reset, in the past the first few races of the Chase have been dismal for some drivers. It seems routine that two or three teams get way...

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