Win or go home

In new points system, must-win races happen every weekend

Originally Published: September 4, 2012
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

DRENCHED IN SWEAT after a dogfight of a race at Michigan on Aug. 19, Ryan Newman was visibly bummed. Sure, he placed eighth -- his eighth top-10 of the season -- but this year, with the Cup's new points system, top-10s are no longer good enough. Newman needed a win. After wrapping up a TV interview, he grabbed the reporter's hand and said with a grin, "You know what you love about this Chase deal? You haven't had to ask anyone about points all year. And none of us are talking ...

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