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Should NASCAR Continue to Place Emphasis on Winning in the Chase?

Win and you're in. That phrase has been used in conjunction with the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format so much that it is practically etched in stone.  So far this season, it seems to have worked. No matter how poorly a driver has fared in 2014 (Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne), a win guaranteed a better position in points at season's end. This philosophy has carried over into the 10-race Chase, as a round victory guarantees advancement into the next round. However, take a look at the top four in points going into Sunday's event at Texas. Jeff Gordon, the points leader, and Joey Logano, who sits third in points, have reaped multiple victories in 2014. Yet the second-place and fourth-place drivers, Ry...

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