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Several drivers could not rebound after tough Phoenix race last Spring
One bad race to start the season won't hurt to much.
But two? That may be a little hard to overcome.
After a crazy 2011 Daytona 500, many drivers involved in the carnage of the 500 moved on to Phoenix in hopes of bigger and better things.
The result: a massive pileup on Lap 66 that took out 14 cars, including several possible Chase contenders.
After rough Daytona 500 finishes, Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray were among the drivers caught up in the big wreck. Bowyer missed the Chase by just a few points. McMurray never even got close.
What does this mean for drivers like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and A.J. Allmendinger?
If they survive Phoenix, they may be in line for a strong season.
But if they don't, their Chase hopes could be in jeopardy after just two races.