If there were no Chase and NASCAR was using the old season-long points format, Carl Edwards would still be leading, but Kyle Busch would be much better off.
After building a 207-point lead over Edwards through the first 26 races of the season, Busch saw all but 30 points of his lead melt away when the points were reset for the Chase. Then he finished 34th at New Hampshire and last at Dover and is now 12th in the standings, 210 points behind Edwards.
Under the traditional points format, Busch would be second now, just 33 points behind Edwards with eight races to go.
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