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No one earns maximum score in Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge After the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway , AJ Allmendinger , Aric Almirola , Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch were eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , and they weren't the only ones upset about not advancing beyond the Challenger Round. In the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge, 94 percent of entrants had one or more of those four drivers moving on after the race at the Monster Mile. Just as championship hopes were dashed for those four drivers, those who picked them lost a shot at $100,000. Only six percent of entrants picked all 12 drivers who advanced to the Contender Round: Kyle Busch , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Carl Edwards , Jeff Gordon , Denny Hamlin , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Matt Kenseth , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano and Ryan Newman . Those fans with a perfect Chase Grid are still in the running for a $100,000 prize if their grid remains perfect through the Contender Round, Eliminator Round and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, accurately listing the relative finishing order of the four drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway . In the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota, no one achieved the maximum score of 126 points for the first round. In fact, only one user scored over 100 (David Moore, with 102); the next-closest score was 90. From now until 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 5, Battle players can pick which eight drivers will move on to the Eliminator Round. To set your Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota field or check how your Perfect Chase Grid Challenge looks after the first three races, go to NASCAR.com/grid . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Using average-finish stats, here are your Contender Round favorites MORE: 12 drivers advance to Contender Round " Full race results " Updated series standings RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota When handicapping the 12 drivers in the Contender Round of the Chase Grid, it helps to put one foot in the past and one foot in the present to hopefully make a confident step toward the future. So what we've done is capture the past and present in the form of average-finish stats in order to predict the eight drivers who will advance to the Eliminator Round in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The three statistical categories we examined are: average finish for the 2014 season, average finish in the past five races and average finish at the Contender Round tracks. These categories were chosen because they will help tell us who has been the most consistent driver this season, as well as who's hot right now and who has the best chance to perform well in the next three races. By assigning a point value to how each driver ranked in each category (example: Jeff Gordon got 12 points for being the best driver in average finish for this season, while Kyle Busch got one point for being the worst), there is a total at the end and four drivers will be eliminated. Sounds fun, right? Let's get to it: Average finish this season Rank Driver Avg. Finish Points 1 Jeff Gordon 10.0 12 2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11.0 11 3 Joey Logano 12.2 10 4 Brad Keselowski 12.4 9 5 Jimmie Johnson 13.4 8 6 Matt Kenseth 13.8 7 7 Kevin Harvick 14.0 5.5 8 Ryan Newman 14.0 5.5 9 Carl Edwards 14.8 4 10 Denny Hamlin 15.5 3 11 Kasey Kahne 16.5 2 12 Kyle Busch 17.1 1 Inside the Numbers: It shouldn't surprise any NASCAR fans to see the names at the top of this list. Gordon, Earnhardt Jr., Logano, Keselowski and Johnson have all had great seasons, combining for 19 victories with each driver getting at least three wins. Keselowski leads with five wins, including at Richmond and in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway. Logano and Gordon followed Keselowski by winning the Chase races at New Hampshire and Dover , respectively. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the season strong with a victory in the Daytona 500 and followed that up by sweeping the races at Pocono, but as we'll see in the next statistical category (last five races), he hasn't been the hottest driver among the Chase participants entering the Contender Round. Average finish last five races Rank Driver Avg. Finish Points 1 Joey Logano 5.8 12 2 Jimmie Johnson 6.4 11 3 Kevin Harvick 9.0 10 4 Jeff Gordon 9.6 9 5 Brad Keselowski 10.0 8 6 Kyle Busch 11.0 7 7 Ryan Newman 11.4 6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12.0 5 9 Kasey Kahne 14.8 4 10 Carl Edwards 15.0 3 11 Matt Kenseth 15.8 1.5 12 Denny Hamlin 15.8 1.5 Inside the Numbers: Junior lands in the middle of the pack with an average finish of 12th in the last five races. That gives him five points in our formula, because he was better than only Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne . Dale Jr.'s 17th-place finish at Dover followed an 11th at Atlanta, a 12th at Richmond , an 11th at Chicago and a ninth at New Hampshire. Not exactly bad by any means, but he isn't tearing it up, either. Keselowski took home eight points in this category, which might be difficult to believe considering he won two races in this span. But a 39th-place finish at Atlanta to begin the five-race stretch skewed his numbers. If you discount that race, Keselowski's average finish over the past four races is an incredible 2.75 -- so he might be a little hotter than these numbers suggest. Average finish at Contender Round tracks Rank Driver Avg. Finish Points 1 Jimmie Johnson 12.00 12 2 Jeff Gordon 14.20 11 3 Brad Keselowski 14.23 10 4 Carl Edwards 14.33 9 5 Kevin Harvick 14.57 8 6 Matt Kenseth 15.37 7 7 Kasey Kahne 15.40 6 8 Denny Hamlin 15.97 5 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 16.53 4 10 Joey Logano 17.63 3 11 Ryan Newman 19.73 2 12 Kyle Busch 19.90 1 Inside the Numbers: Johnson has by far the best average finish at the Contender Round tracks, more than two positions better than his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Gordon. So for those who don't want to see "Six-Time" become "Seven-Time," avert your eyes from this chart -- it's a sign that the No. 48 team could get stronger as the Chase moves on. Kyle Busch has a history of volatility at these tracks, so you might want to choose someone else in the Chase Grid Battle Game presented by Toyota. Fans might be familiar with Busch's struggles at Kansas (average finish of 22.7), which is where his Chase imploded last season, but he's almost equally as bad at Talladega (21.4). Busch said he and crew chief Dave Rogers tried a different car in the spring race at Kansas , leading to a top-15. The Final Outcome Rank Driver Points 1 Jeff Gordon 32 2 Jimmie Johnson 31 3 Brad Keselowski 27 4 Joey Logano 25 5 Kevin Harvick 23.5 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20 7 Carl Edwards 16 8 Matt Kenseth 15.5 9 Ryan Newman 13.5 10 Kasey Kahne 12 11 Denny Hamlin 9.5 12 Kyle Busch 9 There you have it, the eight drivers highlighted in the chart above are the ones with the best chance to move on to the Eliminator Round. Of course, we'll have to see how it actually plays out, but since this was fun, let's try it again when we get to the final eight to see who has the best shot of making the Championship Four. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
CMS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina team up RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today The Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway this month now has a name: the Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the speedway announced Wednesday in conjuction with BCBS. The agreement includes a three-year sponsorship of the race. The announcement was made during a press event at the speedway where officials were joined by up to 100 breast cancer survivors to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by painting the pit road wall pink. The partnership is aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment. "We are proud to partner with the official health insurance company of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, " Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway said in a statement. "At the core of both of our companies is a commitment to providing an unparalleled customer experience. We are eager to get to work raising awareness about breast cancer and creating an unforgettable race day experience for fans." The Drive for the Cure 300 is the 30th Nationwide Series race of the season and will air on ESPN2 on Friday, October 10. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
This episode of The Drive for Superior Performance Presented by Goodyear takes a look at tire testing at Chicagoland Speedway prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
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This episode of The Drive for Superior Performance presented by Goodyear takes an in-depth look at how pit crews prepare for the challenges of a pit stop during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.