Watkins Glen race marks opportunity to get in Chase

A.J. Allmendinger. (AFP)

A.J. Allmendinger. (AFP)

Dean McNulty, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:27 AM ET

There are only two road courses on the 36 race NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar but each of them carries an inordinate amount of power in determining who will be in and who will be out of the Chase for the Championship.

The winner of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen will almost certainly be in the Chase, just as Carl Edwards will be there because he won at Sonoma Raceway, NASCAR’s other road course, in June in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

Edwards could finish out of the top 25 in the final six races before the Chase starts and still make the cut.

Here is a short explanation of just how the Chase works:

There are 16 Chase spots available — the first 15 are reserved for race winners. The 16th goes to the series points leader, if the leader doesn’t have a victory in the first 26 races.


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