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Keselowski a Chase contender?
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one lap away from extending his dream start to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Then he ran out of gas. Enter Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champion who missed out on the Chase last season, but who seems to have roared back this time around. With his win at Las Vegas, Keselowski now trails Junior by one point in the standings and -- because of the new win-and-you're-basically-in rule -- can start making plans for the Chase once again. Is he a serious title contender? What is Earnhardt's outlook? Cast your votes below!
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Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won zero races in 2013. His crew chief, Steve Letarte, is in his final season before becoming a broadcaster. So naturally, the sport's most popular driver cruised -- at least as much as you can in a restrictor-plate race -- to victory in the rain-delayed 2014 Daytona 500. It is Junior's second win in NASCAR's biggest race; he won it 10 years earlier, too. Under the new rules, he's virtually locked into the Chase; does this mean a big season is in store for the man who finished fifth in last year's standings?
Who will win the Daytona 500?
The 2014 Daytona 500 gets underway this Sunday. Rookie Austin Dillon won the pole, but will face some tough competition from last year's winner and six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, as well as from Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. Who's your favorite heading into Sunday? How will Danica Patrick fare? Cast your votes below!
Who will make the Chase?
Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond is the last on the schedule before the circuit's 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. For several drivers who need strong results to qualify for the Chase, the playoffs start now. Will defending champion Brad Keselowski overcome long odds and make the 12-car Chase field? Will four-time champ Jeff Gordon clinch a place in stock car racing's playoffs with a win?