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Ranking the Non-Chase Drivers Most Likely to Play Spoiler in Final Races of 2014

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. won this past Sunday at Martinsville, he flexed his muscle as a now-former member of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In earning his fourth win of the season, Earnhardt proved that non-Chasers are still bound and determined to win races even if they're no longer are able to contend for the 2014 championship. It's a scenario that has played out before.  Tony Stewart—who failed to qualify for this year’s Chase for the second consecutive season—remains the top spoiler in Chase history. After winning his second (of three) Sprint Cup championship in 2005, Stewart fell short of making the 2006 Chase by 16 points. But instead of sticking his tail between his legs, Smoke went out and literally stole ...

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