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Who's set to take up the Chase in 2011?

If Keselowski does get into the top ten on points, then that opens up a second wildcard spot. That's the hope for a clutch of current 'one-time' winners Paul Menard, David Ragan and Marcos Ambrose, but they're right on the verge of eligibility - only Menard is in the top 20, although just four points cover all three drivers so that could easily change. With Ambrose finishing 10th at Bristol compared with 20th for Ragan and 30th for Menard, it's impossible to know who will end up top in that mini-battle.

But it does show how uncertain and wide open that final position or two is in the Chase. We might have six drivers locked in (Kyle Busch, Johnson, Kenseth, Edwards, Harvick and Gordon) and three more all-but clinched (Newman, Kurt Busch and Keselowski), but the remaining three positions are wide open - even if Earnhardt Jr., Stewart and Hamlin are the prime candidates at this point.

As for who is the favourite for the title, the betting seems to be with Kyle Busch, Johnson, Gordon and Keselowski right now. But the Chase reset changes everything, and ten races constitute a lifetime in motor sports.




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