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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Michigan Is 1 of of 4 Must-Wins for Chase Hopefuls

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase elimination playoffs, which emphasize wins for the top 16 performers, has turned winning into an even more coveted achievement. Smaller teams with limited resources can now hope for a win to carry them into Chase for the Sprint Cup territory. That reality would have been only dreamland before format changes this year. Just ask A.J. Allmendinger and JTG Daugherty Racing after their huge win in Watkins Glen last week. Drivers without a win have only four races to step up. Season hopes are focused on dwindling laps. The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 17, is a chance for a driver to join the elite club of 12 contenders with one win or more. Many NSCS drivers need...

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