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Eight of 12 Chasers have legitimate shot

Updated: September 14, 2011, 11:59 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Eight contenders and four pretenders. That sums it up for me.

Two-thirds of the drivers who will start the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday have a legitimate chance at winning the 2011 Sprint Cup championship. The other third do not.

And eight is enough, especially if half of them get to the season finale at Homestead-Miami still in contention.

"I think it's real difficult to pick a clear favorite," Jimmie Johnson said Saturday night at Richmond. ...

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