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But those three – along with
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Only 12 points ahead of
Gordon needs to win or finish 13 places ahead of Busch to make the Chase, assuming Ambrose, Newman and Logano don't win (and far-fetched scenarios involving
On the one hand, Patrick is a selfless and enthusiastic ambassador for NASCAR, assenting to countless hours of print, radio and television interviews. On the other, it's hard to spin her average finishes of 20.4 in Nationwide and 31.4 in Cup as anything except less-than-stellar considering the money behind her. Either way her appeal is undeniable, and a lot of the folks in the stands for Friday's Nationwide race will be there for her.
It's hard to believe he came within one place of winning the Cup title a year ago and has almost no chance of making this year's Chase. Even with a win, he'd still basically need Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon to implode. But the ultra-competitive Edwards, who led more than 200 laps here in the spring, said after Atlanta he'll let it all hang out regardless, and that should be fun to watch.