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Kevin Harvick, others need help to contend for Sprint Cup title

...Jimmie Johnson or Matt Kenseth to win it. Since NASCAR adopted the playoffs for the 2004 season, the first-or-second-place driver with two races to go has gone on to win the championship. Kevin Harvick enters Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nascar/2013-11-06/kevin-harvick-others-need-
Harvick probably sees chance at title slip away

...Blaney. Kenseth rallied from early struggles to come home 11th, and his lead ballooned to 258 points over new second-place driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. One spot farther back is Harvick, who's now 262 behind Kenseth. "It's over," was all...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/10/28/nas_398722.shtml
Nascar
NASCAR's double-file restarts debut at Pocono

...option to restart on the inside or outside, with the second-place driver pulling alongside. "If fans like it, if it adds...own row once green comes out. That would mean the second-place driver would have the option to restart high or low...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/06/08/nas_526849.shtml
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NASCAR notebook

...with five bonus points for leading one lap and another five for leading the most laps, it's possible for the second-place driver to earn as many points in the championship as the race winner. Nonetheless, Labonte likes the way his season...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/07/13/nas_381048.shtml
Nascar
Spotlight on Chad Knaus

...at Sears Point, Calif., and both trail only Sterling Marlin in the standings. But Johnson is considered the second-place driver since he has a 2-0 lead over his boss in victories. - Don Coble

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/06/20/nas_344889.shtml
Nascar
Mayfield might sell his team

...cause an accident that lets them take the lead. "I think NASCAR can take a step in looking at it, and if the second-place driver bumps the leader, then black-flag (him)," Busch said Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway. "He doesn't get...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/07/10/nas_540380.shtml
Nascar
Buzz of Chase quiets critics

...Darlington debuted its lighting system. Track officials say Jimmie Johnson, Gordon's teammate and the current second-place driver, canceled a November test for Darlington the day after the No. 24 car's night laps. Not that Gordon and Johnson...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/09/14/nas_428505.shtml
Nascar
Burton wins Jiffy Lube 300

...consecutive year at the 1.058-mile raceway nicknamed "The Magic Mile," but not before leader Stewart and second-place driver John Andretti both ran out of gas with two laps remaining. "We never said we can't win, but we didn't think...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/07/12/oth_265481.shtml
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Engine problems keep Junior on Chase bubble

...Brickyard, his eighth top-10 finish in a row and his 15th in the last 16 races. He increased his lead over second-place driver Denny Hamlin by 68 points. Yet Gordon remains cautious. His last win came nearly two months ago at Pocono. Tony...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/07/30/nas_137710.shtml
Nascar
Solid finish gives Stewart breathing room in Chase

...running away with the Nextel Cup points championship coming into Atlanta's fall race a year ago. He led the second-place driver by 96 points and the other eight Chase contenders by more than 100. He blew an engine early in that race, though...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/10/31/nas_18027.shtml
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