NASCAR Sprint Cup 2012: 8 Reasons This Is the Best Chase in History

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NASCAR Sprint Cup 2012: 8 Reasons This Is the Best Chase in History
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Last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup produced an epic battle for the championship between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards that came down to the final race and required a tiebreaker to settle. While that may have seemed like a tough standard to eclipse, we may have just done it this year—and we've still got two races to go.

New teams are running up front. Drivers who have fallen out of Chase contention are still winning races, keeping things interesting for everybody else. At the heart of it all, we have a knock-down, drag-out war between the old guard—yes, when you win five Chase titles like Jimmie Johnson, you become part of the "old guard"—and the next big thing, Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski, for the championship.

Best Chase ever? Best Chase ever.

If you need a little convincing, here are eight reasons why:

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