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Cup's second season within season is here

Updated: June 30, 2006, 1:09 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Part II of NASCAR's 58th season began this week, which means the jockeying for postseason glory is under way.

Ever since NASCAR instituted its current "playoff" system, whereby the last 10 races pit the top 10 drivers against one another for the title, the season has broken down into three sections: The first 16 races in which teams work on chemistry, setups and improvement; the next 10 in which the teams vie for the top 10; and the final 10 in which the champion is determined.

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