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Falling behind early can have serious consequences

Updated: March 26, 2006, 6:25 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Four races into the year is always way too soon to start counting points, but it's never too soon to put some pressure on guys lagging.

Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and others all dwell outside the top 20. While that keeps them within a 400-point range of first place, and, obviously, with ample time to make a move upward, the heat is on.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't among that group this year. In fact, he's just 20 points outside the top five. But he's pulled ...

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