Big-Name NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Who Are Most in Danger of Missing the Chase

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Big-Name NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Who Are Most in Danger of Missing the Chase
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Danica Patrick (left) and Tony Stewart both could be on the outside looking in when the 2014 Chase commences.

Only nine races remain until the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set, and some of the biggest names in NASCAR are going to be left on the outside looking in as the latest Sprint Cup champion is determined.

In a season when wins really matter because even one likely will lock a driver into the Chase field, several of the biggest names in the sport remain without one after the first 17 races of the regular season.

The list of drivers still in pursuit of their first win includes three-time champion Tony Stewart, 2003 champ Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and others.

With the Chase field expanded to 16 drivers this season and only 10 different race winners thus far, it is becoming rather obvious that you might not have to have a win to get in. If there aren't 16 different winners within the top 30 in the points standings, the non-winning drivers with the most points can still qualify.

But a win would take all guesswork out of the equation. Read on to find out which big-name drivers are in the most danger of missing the Chase.

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