Just Win It: Drivers Outside The Chase Who Can Win at New Hampshire

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Just Win It: Drivers Outside The Chase Who Can Win at New Hampshire
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The 2010 Chase for the Cup is set. We have 12 drivers who are going into the last 10 races knowing any one of them can win the championship.

Normally, we as writers at this point become tunnel-visioned and look at the Chase drivers as favorites to win every week. That's normal because each of those drivers earned that spot.

They are the best drivers in NASCAR this season, and rightfully should get the most attention.

But, we can't forget there are 31 other drivers on the track with them. Even NASCAR President Mike Helton tells the other drivers in the driver's meeting to be respectful of those in the Chase.

That does not mean the other drivers will lay off and not race them hard. They want to win just as much as the Chase contenders.

This weekend at New Hampshire, the Chase begins. There are many favorites in the top-12 who have won at this track.

That's nothing surprising as all but two drivers going for the 2010 championship have at least one victory at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It's not a guarantee that one of these drivers will win, but it is a guarantee that they will run up front for most of the afternoon.

However, we cannot forget about the other 31 drivers that will take the green flag.

There are also some names outside the championship who could be the spoiler of the race. We have seen it happen before on more than one occasion.

It could happen again, especially at the first Chase event. The ones not going for the championship have nothing to lose, so they can push the envelope and go for a victory.

Here are a few drivers that could play spoiler in Sunday's Sylvania 300.

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