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Race for top 12, and then the Chase

Tweaks to the points system by NASCAR puts more importance on winning in 2007 as drivers scramble to become eligible for the Chase for the Nextel Cup in the final 10 races.

Updated: September 11, 2007, 6:28 PM ET
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NASCAR's points system continues to evolve with various changes over the years, including 2007 when driver victories were given added value.

Winning drivers get 185 points for a victory, but bonus points help raise that total.

Drivers can earn five bonus points for leading any lap and the driver leading the most laps also earns five bonus points.

So the most a driver can earn is 195 points per race and he'll get at least 190 because he at least won the last lap.

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