Just because all the attention is on the 12 remaining Chase drivers doesn't mean there aren't others capable of going to Victory Lane in the season's final seven races. From the least likely to the most likely, following are five drivers who could play the role of Chase spoiler between now and the end of 2015.
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5. Tony Stewart
It's been more than two years since 'Smoke' last went to Victory Lane, but you've got to believe he's bound to get back there -- at least before retiring from Sprint Cup competition at the end of 2016. Although 2015 has been a major struggle for Stewart, the three-time champion obviously would love to finish the season on a high note and build some momentum for his final capaign in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy.
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4. Kyle Larson
Bitten by a bad case of the sophomore blues, Kyle Larson has failed to reach expectations in his second season in NASCAR's top series. That's the bad news, though. The good news for Larson is that his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team seems to have turned a corner in recent weeks. The proof, of course, is in the results. Larson, though winless in 68 career Cup starts, has recorded three top-10 finishes in his last five outings.
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3. Kasey Kahne
One of the biggest disappointments of the 2015 season, Kasey Kahne missed the Chase for the first time in four years with Hendrick Motorsports. In the past two weeks, however, Kahne has finished ninth (Loudon) and sixth (Dover) -- his best results since late June. Next up is Charlotte, a track where Kahne owns four points wins and a victory in the Sprint All-Star Race.
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2. Jamie McMurray
The first driver to miss the cutoff for the Contender 12, Jamie McMurray came up one position short on the track of still being championship-eligible heading into the Contender Round. McMurray, who failed to advance on the basis of a tiebreaker, finished fourth last weekend at Dover and has enjoyed one of his strongest seasons ever despite not winning a race. Four of his seven career wins have come at tracks still left on the schedule (Charlotte and Talladega), so he could be well-positioned to play the role of spoiler down the stretch.
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1. Jimmie Johnson
No one expected Jimmie Johnson not to be among the 12 finalists for the Sprint Cup Series championship. But that's exactly where the six-time champion finds himself after a disastrous finish at Dover in the final race of the Challenger Round. Johnson being out of the hunt for the championship could make him an even greater threat to win in the final weeks, however, for the simple fact that he literally has nothing to lose. He and his No. 48 team led by crew chief Chad Knaus can just go for broke and let the chips fall as they may. Already a four-time winner in 2015, Johnson is by far and away the driver most likely to be a Chase spoiler.