NASCAR & Auto Racing

Drivers in Chase don't always set the pace

Chase drivers Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards have won the first two races of this year’s NASCAR playoff, but overall nine of the 32 Chase races run since NASCAR went to that championship format in 2004 have been won by drivers not vying for the title.

Kansas and Talladega, the next two races on the schedule, as well as the season-finale at Homestead-Miami, have seen two of their three Chase races so far won by drivers outside the Chase.

Joe Nemechek (2004) and Tony Stewart (2006) won at Kansas, Dale Jarrett (2005) and Brian Vickers (2006) won at Talladega, and Greg Biffle (2004 and 2006) won at Homestead.

The other non-Chase victories went to Kyle Busch at Phoenix (2005) and Stewart at Atlanta and Texas (both in 2006).