Does it get any better than the second Richmond race? Probably not
The Daytona 500, the season-ender at Homestead-Miami, name any race you want. The Chase cutoff contest at Richmond has become the best race of the year, writes Ed Hinton.
Kyle Busch (pictured), Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton already have spots reserved in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But spots 6 through 12 won't be decided until this weekend's race at Richmond. Here are how the contenders stack up:• Greg Biffle: Needs to start the race. • Kevin Harvick: Needs to start the race. • Tony Stewart: Finish 36th, finish 37th and lead at least one lap, or finish 40th and lead the most laps. • Matt Kenseth: Finish 26th, finish 28th and lead at least one lap, or finish 30th and lead the most laps. • Jeff Gordon: Finish 24th, finish 25th and lead at least one lap, or finish 28th and lead the most laps. • Denny Hamlin: Finish 21st, finish 22nd and lead at least one lap, or finish 25th and lead the most laps. • Clint Bowyer: Win, or finish third and lead the most laps. • David Ragan: Win and lead the most laps. *Kasey Kahne is the only other driver mathematically eligible if Ragan and Kahne start the race.
-- Jimmie Johnson
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