NASCAR Power Rankings: Rating the Top 20 Title Contenders After the Rule Changes

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NASCAR Power Rankings: Rating the Top 20 Title Contenders After the Rule Changes
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When the Daytona 500 rolls around next month, competitors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may be competing for a maximum of 43 points along with the chance to win the Harley J. Earl Trophy.

Under a new points system reported on by various media outlets over the past week—expected to be confirmed by NASCAR CEO Brian France and President Mike Helton in a press conference Wednesday during the annual Charlotte Media Tour—the days of bonus points for leading laps may be a thing of the past.

Additionally, winning races may become an even bigger factor in the equation for making the Chase, as the two drivers with the most wins outside of the top 10 in points may make their way into the 10-race playoff.

If the reported new points system becomes reality, who will be the top 20 drivers heading into the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season?

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