Biggest Early Takeaways from the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup

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Biggest Early Takeaways from the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup
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We're only two races into the Chase, but this postseason has already had some big takeaways.

From NASCAR fans being reminded how one bad race can seriously hinder a driver's Chase chances, to seeing the very first time that the Chase was altered, NASCAR's postseason is promising to be as exciting as ever.

We've seen three drivers stand out and look like the real title contenders. At the same time, though, with the Chase just starting, there is plenty of room for other drivers to join the mix.

Matt Kenseth has won both Chase races so far and has surprised the NASCAR world with the season he's had. It's part of the reason why the Chase can be impossible to predict.

Then there was the pre-Chase controversy at Richmond, where drivers like Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon were given a second chance at the Championship.

Have they made the most of the chance NASCAR has given them?

The 2013 Chase is only just beginning, but there are several early takeaways already from the start of the postseason.

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