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Chase Scenarios For The Pep Boys Auto 500

Monday, August 31, 2009

Some drivers could take care of clinching a spot in the Chase for the Championship at the Pep Boys Auto 500...

With Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon having already clinched spots in the Chase, nine spots are up for grabs entering Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500.

According to NASCAR's Public Relations Department, any driver with a 196-point lead over the driver in 13th place will clinch a Chase spot.

Currently, #11-Denny Hamlin, in fourth place, has a 230-point lead on 13th - meaning he can lose 34 points and still clinch. Put simply, if Hamlin finishes third or better, fourth and leads at least a lap or fifth and leads the most laps at Atlanta, he will clinch a Chase spot.

#99-Carl Edwards, in fifth, is 199 points ahead of 13th and can lose three points to that position. Although there are numerous possibilities for Edwards to clinch, only an Atlanta win will guarantee it.

#2-Kurt Busch, in sixth, holds a 192-point lead over 13th. He needs to gain four points to clinch. Like Edwards, there are a number of ways for that to happen, but only a win on Sunday would guarantee a clinch.?

Those drivers currently in position seventh through 11th can mathematically clinch - but the scenarios are almost too far-fetched for it to happen. #39-Ryan Newman needs to gain 84 points over 13th, #16-Greg Biffle needs 75 points, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya needs 132 points; #5-Mark Martin needs 136 points; and #9-Kasey Kahne needs 144 points.

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