Kenseth, Johnson or Busch should win NASCAR's Chase

Matt Kenseth leads the Chase for the Championship standings by eight points over Jimmie Johnson....

Matt Kenseth leads the Chase for the Championship standings by eight points over Jimmie Johnson. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 PM ET

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship hasn’t even reached the halfway point and it looks like 10 of the 13 drivers in stock car’s version of a playoff are already out of the hunt.

So you ask, how can that be?

Well simply put, there are three teams — the No. 20 Toyota of Matt Kenseth, the No. 48 Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson and the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch — that are so good, and so consistent, it would take a wreck involving all three on the opening lap of one of the next six races to dislodge them from their places atop the leaderboard.

Kenseth, by virtue of two wins in the first three races, is eight points up on Johnson, who won on Sunday at Dover International Speedway, and 12 points up on Busch, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.

You might argue that Kevin Harvick, in the No. 29 Chevrolet and Jeff Gordon in he No. 24 Chevrolet, sitting fourth and fifth overall, could still make a run over the next six races starting Sunday at Kansas Speedway.


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