WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - NASCAR's new points system has created more drama than ever since the 10-race Chase for the Cup was instituted in 2004.
If the postseason had begun Saturday, the wild cards would have gone to Brad Keselowski, who sits 18th in points but has two wins, and Denny Hamlin, who is 11th with one win.
With five races remaining - Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond - before the Chase cutoff, the tension is mounting.
Jeff Burton says you could make an argument for six or seven teams to still be in the mix.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits in 10th place with 641 points, just one point ahead of two-time Cup champ Tony Stewart. They're the only drivers in the top 10 without a victory, giving hope to Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard of Richard Childress Racing, and Roush Fenway's Greg Biffle, among others.

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