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Strong Performances from Top Favorites Show That Chase Is Still Wide Open

JOLIET, Ill. — Brad Keselowski's win in Sunday's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was big, no doubt. But with 12 of the 16 Chase drivers finishing in the top 15 positions Sunday, and with just 29 points separating those 12 drivers, the Chase for the Sprint Cup is still a wide-open affair. And what we saw Sunday will have to remain the standard if drivers intend on keeping Keselowski—or anyone else who might overtake him—close in the points. With a sliding scale that starts with 43 points for a win on down to just one point for 43rd and last place, as well as bonus points for most laps led, you can see how important each point is.  The beauty of the new Chase, with its three elimination rounds and a final-f...

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