LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship
traditionally kicks off at New Hampshire. So does the 10-race
sprint to make the 12-driver field.
When drivers return here in September, they hope they're gearing
up for a championship run. With only 10 races left until the field
is set, the pressure is on for those around the cutoff to get their
programs going before it's too late.
Carl Edwards is in 12th place entering Sunday's race, only 57
points ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and
pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya are among the small group of drivers
who have a small margin of error.
Earnhardt is coming off his best two back-to-back races of the
season. He says the No. 88 Chevrolet team still has to find some
more speed to stamp themselves as a legitimate Chase threat.