Jeff Gordon clinches Chase spot

Updated: August 31, 2011, 6:50 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon has clinched at least a wild-card berth in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

NASCAR determined Wednesday that even if Gordon is knocked out of the top 10 in standings over the next two races, he would still get into the Chase via the wild card.

Gordon has two wins this season, and the only way he could fall out of the top 10 is if Brad Keselowski or Clint Bowyer wins the final two races of the "regular season" to drop him out. Even if that happened, Gordon's two victories would be enough to get him into the Chase.

Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards all clinched berths on Saturday night. Kevin Harvick clinched at least a wild card.


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