Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chasing the usual NASCAR suspects

   More and more, the 2012 season - at least when it comes to who will compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup - is looking a lot like last year.
   Eight of the current top 10 in series points following last weekend’s Richmond race made the Chase last season. A year ago, nine of the top 10 following the season’s ninth race made the Chase.

   The only newcomers, with 17 races remaining until the post-season cut-off, is points leader Greg Biffle and Martin Truex Jr., who is second in the current standings.

   Drivers highest ranked for a 'wild card' berth – which goes to drivers with the most wins ranked 11th to 20th in points - are Richmond winner Kyle Busch (11th) and Brad Keselowski (13th). Both also made last year's Chase. 

   Busch and Clint Bowyer trail 10th place Ryan Newman by 13 and 14 points, respectively. Keselowski is 26 points out of 10th.

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