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Ranking the 10 Worst Chase-Opening Race Performances

The first race of the Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship is an exciting time for 12 drivers (13 this year). The points are reset, and the contenders  all believe they can win the series title. To earn the big trophy at the end of the year a lot of things must go right for a driver and their team throughout the entirety of the postseason. Solid finishes are critical, and minimizing mistakes are key to their ultimate success or failure. While it is impossible to win the championship after the first race, one can do plenty of damage to their chances with a poor performance in the opener.  Since the start of the Chase Era in 2004, we have seen plenty of scenarios where a driver negatively impacts their championship hopes aft...

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