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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Getting Real About the Chase, and Do Wins Matter?

The Chase is the grandiose finale to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It places drivers in a playoff scenario through 10 weeks of racing that culminates with a series champion being crowned. Racing in NASCAR's premier series is all about the preseason battle for wins and consistently strong finishes, yet some drivers can muddle their way to the Chase's top 10 winless, making some wonder how fair that is. Heading into Atlanta, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart are trying to maintain a grasp on the top 10 in the point standings. With two races left until the Chase, wins do matter and points-racing is dangerous. To clinch a spot in the Chase, it will be necessary for drivers to leave Atlanta 49 points over the guy who is 11th in the p...

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