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Making the Chase should be easier in 2012

Updated: January 10, 2012, 2:14 PM ET
By Terry Blount

Making the Chase in the upcoming Sprint Cup season will be a little easier than it was last year. The reason is simple -- less competition.

As it stands now, a full-time driver on a competitive Cup team has a better than 50-50 shot of making the 2012 Chase. I count 23 cars/drivers that have a realistic shot of making the playoff.

And that's stretching it, but here's where the 23 come from -- four at Hendrick Motorsports, three each at Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing ...

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