The race for the Chase is on!

With only nine “regular season” races to go until the Chase starts, the battle is on to fill the 10-12 spots. It is hard to believe just how tight these positions are, with only 5 points separating Kenseth, Martin, and JPM. Lurking in the wings is Kahne, who is only one point back, and Reutimann, who is within 12 points of striking distance.

[position, driver, points, points back]
10 Matt Kenseth 2054 -470
11 Mark Martin 2052 -472
12 Juan Pablo Montoya 2049 -475
13 Kasey Kahne 2048 -476
14 David Reutimann 2037 -487

I was disappointed yesterday that the rain kept Jeff Gordon from picking up a second win, and some much needed bonus points. While the above drivers have to “points race” to make the Chase, under the current format, second place does not do Gordon much good.

The next few weeks should be interesting. I would really like JPM to make a push and secure a spot.

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