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Cup half full

Midway through the Sprint Cup season, stats say top-ranked drivers will make Chase

Updated: July 12, 2012, 3:31 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

ACCORDING TO THE CALENDAR, NASCAR's Cup season reached the halfway mark on July 7 at Daytona. But for postseason hopefuls, the more important date was June 3 at Dover -- the 13th race and midpoint to the Chase, which begins after Race 26 with the top 10 drivers and two wild cards.

History says the order of the top drivers will shuffle from June to September but that most of the names will stay the same. Since the Chase was established in 2004, 85 percent of racers above ...

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