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You have to start fast and win races to be a Chase champion, right?

What will it take to win the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup? John Schwarb breaks it down.

Updated: September 19, 2008, 1:30 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

AP Photo/Terry Renna

Tony Stewart proved in 2005 that you don't have to win a Chase race to win a Cup championship.

Start Your Engines

Half the battle for the 2008 Sprint Cup is over now that the Chase field is set. Sure, there will be 43 cars Sunday at Loudon, N.H., for the Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, ABC), but only 12 will matter. Condition yourself now if you're, say, a diehard Kasey Kahne or David Ragan fan -- unless they win in the next ...

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