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Jeff Gordon faces another uphill climb to Chase contention.
Last year's final stretch of the regular season produced some incredible drama among drivers on the edge of qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The sport is in for more this year, with seven drivers in current contention for the final four spots.
9th—Greg Biffle, 698 points, 1 win*
Biffle needs to remain inside the top 10 or stay ahead of every one-win driver to qualify for the Chase. With two races left, he has a 12-point cushion on 11th.
10th—Joey Logano, 685 points, 1 win*
Logano is currently qualified in 10th and has a 22-point cushion on the next one-win driver. A win from Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch or Jeff Gordon would be his biggest obstacle.
11th—Brad Keselowski, 681 points, 0 wins
Currently on the outside looking in, Keselowski needs a win or a bump inside the top 10 in the standings in order to defend his title.
12th—Kurt Busch, 679 points, 0 wins
Busch will need an unreliable race car to carry him to a win or a bump to 10th in the standings in the final two regular-season races, despite announcing his plans to leave Furniture Row Racing next year.
13th—Jeff Gordon, 674 points, 0 wins
Jeff Gordon fiercely needed a late win to nail down a Chase spot in 2012, but he never got it. He still made it in, however, with impressive driving at Atlanta and Richmond and poor strategy from Kyle Busch. He's closer this year, but he still needs luck to fall his way.
14th—Martin Truex Jr., 663 points, 1 win*
Currently the first driver qualified for the Chase via the wild-card spot, Truex will now race with a broken wrist he suffered at Bristol. Maintaining, not winning, may be the name of his game.
15th—Ryan Newman, 659 points, 1 win*
Newman is the driver most vulnerable to losing his current hold on a wild-card spot.
* = Currently qualified for the Chase with two races left