Dale Earnhardt Jr. among my top five Chase surprises of 2013

Wednesday November 6th, 2013
If not for an engine failure early in the Chase, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would likely be a Cup contender.
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Keselowski didn't qualify for the playoffs this season, but given his mastery of the Chase tracks in 2012, expectations were high for the driver of the No. 2 Dodge. He hasn't delivered. Yes, he did reach Victory Lane at Charlotte in October, but the reigning Cup champ's average finish in the first eight playoff races has been 14.0 -- a far cry from his Chase average of 6.2 from a year ago.

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