Glance at the 12 drivers in the Chase Print
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:05
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 A glance at the 12 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship heading into this weekend's race at Martinsville (in order of points):

DRIVER: Carl Edwards
CHASE POINTS: First, 2,237 points
POSITION CHANGE: None
CAR: No. 99 Aflac Ford
TEAM: Roush Fenway Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was pushed by teammate Greg Biffle and said he was grateful to finish 11th.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 14
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 3rd (2008)
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DRIVER: Matt Kenseth
CHASE POINTS: Second, -14
POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1
CAR: No. 17 Crown Royal Ford
TEAM: Roush Fenway Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Lost drafting partner David Ragan at the end of race and dropped to 18th-place finish.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 23
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 2nd (2002)
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DRIVER: Brad Keselowski
CHASE POINTS: Third, -18
POSITION CHANGE: Plus 3
CAR: No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge
TEAM: Penske Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Grabbed a fourth-place finish on a day other contenders had problems to stay in title hunt.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 3
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 10th (2010)
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DRIVER: Tony Stewart
CHASE POINTS: Fourth, -19
POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1
CAR: No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet
TEAM: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was in position to race for the win until Paul Menard didn't push him on the final restart. Finished seventh.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 25
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2000, 2006)
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DRIVER: Kevin Harvick
CHASE POINTS: Fifth, -26
POSITION CHANGE: Minus 3
CAR: No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
TEAM: Richard Childress Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was caught in an early wreck, finished 32nd and took a huge hit in the standings.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 20
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2011)
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DRIVER: Kyle Busch
CHASE POINTS: Sixth, -40
POSITION CHANGE: Minus 2
CAR: No. 18 M&Ms Toyota
TEAM: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was in the same wreck that claimed Harvick and finished 33rd.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 13
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 3rd (2011)
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DRIVER: Jimmie Johnson
CHASE POINTS: Seventh, -50
POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1
CAR: No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet
TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Waited too late to make his move to the front and finished 26th
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 19
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2004, 2006, 2007-twice, 2008, 2009)
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DRIVER: Kurt Busch
CHASE POINTS: Eighth, -52
POSITION CHANGE: Minus 1
CAR: No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
TEAM: Penske Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Said his title hopes were ``done'' after an accident caused him to finish 36th.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 22
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2002)
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DRIVER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
CHASE POINTS: Ninth, -74
POSITION CHANGE: None
CAR: No. 88 AMP Chevrolet
TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Waited with Johnson too long to try to move to the front, finished 25th.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 23
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 2nd (2011)
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DRIVER: Jeff Gordon
CHASE POINTS: 10th, -82
POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1
CAR: No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet
TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Thought he had Trevor Bayne pushing him at the end, but Bayne ditched him and Gordon finished 27th.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 37
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (1996, 1997, 1999, 2003-twice, 2005-twice)
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DRIVER: Denny Hamlin
CHASE POINTS: 11th, -84
POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1
CAR: No. 11 FedEx Toyota
TEAM: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Had no drafting partner for the longest time, finally found one and finished eighth - his best finish of the Chase.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 12
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2008, 2009, 2010-twice)
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DRIVER: Ryan Newman
CHASE POINTS: 12th, -88
POSITION CHANGE: Minus 2
CAR: No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet
TEAM: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was in an accident and finished 38th, dropping him to the bottom of the Chase standings for first time this season.
CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 19
BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 2nd (2007)
 

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