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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Top Chasers Talk First Championship Race in Chicago

The players in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship are set.It’s go time for the top-12 and the top is not far from the bottom—just nine points. A total of 480 points in 10 races are available to the contenders. The number spread looks slim under the new reduced-points system, making each finishing position vital to a good run at the trophy. A DNF (did not finish) owing to crash or equipment failure can be crown lethal because points are so hard to replace while competent others are collecting top finishes. As in the past, expect several drivers to plunge to the bottom early in the battle for the top. The action at the Geico 400 on the 1.5-mile, tri-oval track at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois can be viewed this S...

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