How will the 2016 edition of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup go down in history? Well, that's to be determined, but it has some stiff competition to match up against. Here's my take on the five best Chases since the format was introduced in 2004.
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2007, Jimmie Johnson
Jeff Gordon looked like he was going to win a fifth Cup championship until his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson suddenly caught fire, winning four consecutive races from Martinsville through to Phoenix. Johnson crushed Gordon's title run in winning his second consecutive championship.
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2010, Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin appeared headed for a sure victory in the title race, but had to make an extra pit stop for fuel in the penultimate race of the season at Phoenix, costing him a possible win. Then at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hamlin collided with Greg Biffle early in the race, allowing Johnson to steal his fifth consecutive title.
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2014, Kevin Harvick
This one was wild: Matt Kenseth put Brad Keselowski in a headlock at Charlotte and Jeff Gordon punched Keselowski after the Texas race. And the thrilling final four saw Harvick and Ryan Newman finish 1-2 in a race that wasnât decided until after the final pit stop.
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2004, Kurt Busch
The elder Busch came in as an unheralded No. 7 seed, but won the opening race at New Hampshire and held off a furious charge from Jimmie Johnson to win it all. In the final race at Homestead, Busch had a wheel and tire come off and missed hitting the pit wall by inches. Remarkably, he held on to finish well enough to take the title.
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2011, Tony Stewart
After posting no victories and only three top fives in the regular season, Tony Stewart went crazy in the Chase, winning a record five of 10 races. He and Carl Edwards ended up tied in points, but Stewart won the title on the tiebreaker for most wins. In the final at Homestead, Stewart fell back in the field several times and had to make 118 green-flag passes to win the race. Oh, and Stewart told crew chief Darian Grubb before the Chase started that he would be fired at the end of the season. #awkward