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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21753195 Hamlin On title track Hamlin+On+title+track NASCAR

Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 will be remembered as one of the wildest races in NASCAR history, with Denny Hamlin winning and taking over the NASCAR Sprint Cup as Jimmie Johnson’s crew self-destructed disastrously.

Add with Jeff Burton inexplicably wrecking Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch going ballistic, it made for a fascinating afternoon.

Here’s how the 12 Chase drivers compare following eight races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup:

—Tom Jensen

For more motorsports coverage, check out SPEED.com.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21761016 Denny Hamlin (championship leader) Denny+Hamlin+%28championship+leader%29 NASCAR

Started 30th, finished first at Texas — A new champion in the making? Hamlin took a huge step towards his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a dramatic late-race charge to victory. He’ll be tough to beat now.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21761007 Jimmie Johnson (33 points behind leader) Jimmie+Johnson+%2833+points+behind+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started 17th, finished ninth at Texas -- No question about it, Johnson’s pit crew killed any hopes he had of winning the race and likely ended his shot at a fifth championship, too. His crew was swapped out mid-race with Jeff Gordon’s.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21753203 Kevin Harvick (59 points behind leader) Kevin+Harvick+%2859+points+behind+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started 26th, finished sixth at Texas — A good finish was actually a bad finish for Harvick given that he ended five spots back of Hamlin. He needs a great race in Phoenix to even stay in contention.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21763133 Carl Edwards (317 points behind championship leader) Carl+Edwards+%28317+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started third, finished 19th at Texas — After looking good in practice and qualifying, frankly Edwards was a bit of a disappointment in the race, barely holding onto a top-20 spot. Not what the three-time Texas winner expected.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21752623 Matt Kenseth (325 points behind championship leader) Matt+Kenseth+%28325+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started 19th, finished second at Texas — It looked like old times, as Kenseth gave Hamlin a whale of a fight in the closing laps of the race before capturing the runner-up spot. It was good for a jump of three spots in the points standings.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21761008 Jeff Gordon (331 points behind championship leader) Jeff+Gordon+%28331+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started 15th, finished 37th at Texas — Think about this for a second: Jeff Gordon nearly punched out Jeff Burton after Burton him drilled him into the wall. Unbelievable.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21763089 Kyle Busch (339 points behind championship leader) Kyle+Busch+%28339+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started 29th, finished 32nd at Texas — What does Kyle Busch think of NASCAR? "You’re No. 1, baby!" Busch erupted twice this weekend, once after the Nationwide race and then again in the Cup race. Rough weekend.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21762088 Tony Stewart (363 points behind championship leader) Tony+Stewart+%28363+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started 11th, finished 11th at Texas — A decent day for the two-time Sprint Cup champion, but nothing spectacular as a late-race gamble to stay out on the track didn’t pay the desired dividends.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21753196 Greg Biffle (372 points behind championship leader) Greg+Biffle+%28372+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started second, finished fifth at Texas — The hard-luck story of the race, Biffle led the most laps at Texas and had a car capable of winning, but a broken second gear hampered him on restarts.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21761015 Clint Bowyer (397 points behind championship leader) Clint+Bowyer+%28397+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started seventh, finished seventh at Texas — Finally out of 12th place, Bowyer has to wonder how this Chase would have played out without the 150-point penalty after New Hampshire.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21764013 Kurt Busch (435 points behind championship leader) Kurt+Busch+%28435+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started sixth, finished 24th at Texas — After a strong start to the season, Busch has sort of gone slip-sliding away, as he was never remotely competitive at Texas, where he was the defending race winner.

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NASCAR 167 43 Charting the Chasers: Texas Motor Speedway 21753194 Jeff Burton (473 points behind championship leader) Jeff+Burton+%28473+points+behind+championship+leader%29+ NASCAR

Started 16th, finished 36th at Texas — What in the heck was Burton thinking when he stuffed Jeff Gordon into the wall?

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