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NASCAR a thrill halfway to Chase

Updated: June 7, 2011, 3:26 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a contender, a real championship contender.

Jeff Burton isn't a championship contender.

Jimmie Johnson's only victory came in a restrictor-plate race when Earnhardt pushed him across the finish line.

Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith and Brad Keselowski all have a victory. Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch don't have one.

Richard Childress puts Kyle Busch in a headlock and pummels him like it's a medieval torture session.

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