NASCAR & Auto Racing

Breaking down the Chase for the Championship

The Charlotte Observer's David Scott looks at how each of the 12 drivers in the Chase fared Saturday:

1. JEFF GORDON

Race winner coaxes every drop of gas out of his Chevy to extend his Chase lead over teammate Jimmie Johnson.

2. JIMMIE JOHNSON

Finishes 14th after leading 95 laps before spinning on Lap 231. Crew chief Chad Knauss blames poor pit stop.

3. CLINT BOWYER

He’s still in third after finishing second, his best finish at Lowe’s. Came all the way from 25th starting position.

4. TONY STEWART

Collided with Kasey Kahne while exiting pit road on Lap 177. Maintains his Chase standing with seventh-place finish.

5. CARL EDWARDS

He moves up one spot after a fifth-place finish. It’s his ninth top-five of the season.

6. KYLE BUSCH

Third-place finish allows him to move up a spot. It’s his ninth top five and was a factor late in the race.

7. KURT BUSCH

A long night, finishes 26th after starting eighth, but maintains his seventh spot in the Chase.

8. KEVIN HARVICK

Goes two laps down after having to pit under green for flat tire early in race. Can’t recover and finishes 33rd.

9. DENNY HAMLIN

Transmission problems crippled him in race’s late stages. Struggles to finish 20th.

10. JEFF BURTON

Moves two spots up and out of the cellar with solid fourth-place finish. It’s his eighth top-five finish of the season.

11. MARTIN TRUEX JR.

Never found much momentum, started 32nd, finished 17th and drops one place in Chase standings.

12. MATT KENSETH

Starts seventh, drops to last in Chase. Spent time in garage after third wall-banging episode on Lap 223.

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