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The Chase, NASCAR’s high-stakes, musical chairs-style playoff is now four drivers lighter after last week’s elimination race at Dover. Our power ranking follows that pace going into Sunday’s withering 1½-mile tri-oval race at Kansas Speedway (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

By Andrew Lawrence
October 03, 2014

NASCAR’s high-stakes, musical chairs-style playoff is now four drivers lighter after last week’s elimination race at Dover. Our power ranking follows that pace going into Sunday’s withering 1½-mile tri-oval race at Kansas Speedway (2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Also, in keeping with the Chase for the Cup’s improvisational tradition, this ranking reserves the right to make a few tweaks along the way. So this week we’re inverting the grid to build up the suspense about our ace driver. But before you read on, consider this disclaimer: The tension herein is snowflake-sized compared to the avalanche of title hopes that will be gathering during the next two Sundays as Chase drivers scramble to book their spots in the Elimination round ahead of the mother of all elimination races—Talladega. 

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)