Big NASCAR names in danger of missing the Chase

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Sprint Cup...

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2014. (Sarah Glenn/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

There is plenty to feel good about at NASCAR headquarters in Daytona these days, especially with the all the good news — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s three wins, Jeff Gordon’s championship form and Brad Keselowski’s return to the Chase — that have transpired over the past month.

Those stories and more — like Jimmie Johnson’s run of bad luck lately — give the sport impetus going into next month’s revised Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

It also, however, has the potential to see some much lesser lights make NASCAR’s version of a playoff at the expense of some other very high profile drivers, for example a Tony Stewart or a Greg Biffle.

It could happen that if Marcos Ambrose wins on Sunday at the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International and Stewart or Biffle go without a win over the next six races, Ambrose could be in the Chase with the other two on the outside looking in.


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