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Winning takes on a new urgency for drivers still looking for first of season

The Chase itself might not be a thriller, with Jimmie Johnson in control. But there's plenty worth watching, as drivers go all out looking for a first win of the season, or at least a win to head toward 2009 on a high note, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: November 7, 2008, 1:32 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire

Matt Kenseth is still looking for his first win in 2008.

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This story will not mention Jimmie Johnson.

(OK, now it won't.)

You know the story of this Chase: the guy on near-autopilot for a three-peat. Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton have taken turns as nice diversions -- Edwards being the current flavor of the week after winning last week at Atlanta -- but ...

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