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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31317455 Major intrigue Major+intrigue NASCAR

The NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup is designed to be dramatic - and has often lived up to that billing over the years.

With just a handful of drivers competing for the title over the final 10 races of the season, the stakes are raised and the pressure mounts. Sometimes, that has brought out the best - or the worst - for drivers trying to be champ.

Here is a look at 10 of the more compelling Chase moments since the format debuted in 2004:

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31312985 Tiring move Tiring+move NASCAR

Kurt Busch was fighting for the championship in 2004 when the tire rolled off his car and across the track. Busch was fortunate that he was near pit road and made it to his stall without further incident. It’s a move that ended up saving his Chase as he won the title in one of the closest championship battles in history.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315826 Out of gas Out+of+gas+ NASCAR

Denny Hamlin was in the heart of the 2010 Chase race and had just taken a significant points lead when he had to make a late pit stop for fuel at Phoenix. Others managed to nurse their mileage to the end, dropping Hamlin in the standings.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315825 Drive for five Drive+for+five+ NASCAR

In 2011, two-time champion Tony Stewart (back, far left) entered the Chase publicly wondering if he and his team belonged in the elite group. He answered that question well, though, reeling off five wins in the 10-race segment to show that he and his team were, indeed, championship caliber.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315824 Oh no! Oh+no%21+ NASCAR

In 2010, Clint Bowyer made a statement in winning the opening Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Suddenly, he was the driver to watch. The euphoria was short-lived, though, as his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was found to be in violation of the rules in postrace inspection. The ensuing 150-point penalty, and appeals of it, doomed his Chase run.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315823 Take the lead Take+the+lead NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson hasn’t always been dominant in his title-winning runs. For proof of that, look no further than 2007. That season, Johnson needed to step up to defend his title – and he did just that. He won four consecutive races heading into the season finale to steal the points lead – and eventually the title.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315831 Too close Too+close NASCAR

Tony Stewart rallied in the 2011 Chase, hunting down Carl Edwards over the closing races. The two entered Homestead-Miami Speedway in a tight battle for the championship – and ended the race mathematically tied for the points lead after Stewart earned the win. He also earned the title based on the first tiebreaker of victories.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315827 Heartbreak Heartbreak NASCAR

Kyle Busch enjoyed an epic season in 2008, the kind most drivers can only dream of. He won eight of the first 26 races and entered the Chase with high expectations. But his title run was doomed from the start. Busch was caught up in an accident early in the first Chase race, finishing 34th, then was 43rd in the second race with an engine failure (pictured) to watch his championship hopes evaporate.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315828 In the beginning … In+the+beginning+%26hellip%3B+ NASCAR

In 2006, Jimmie Johnson was again challenging for the title. He’d finished no worse than fifth the previous four seasons, and had been the runnerup twice. This time, though, he was on a mission. Johnson finished second or better, with one win, in four of the last six races to win his first Cup title.


 

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315829 New tricks New+tricks+ NASCAR

Mark Martin is widely viewed as the most talented driver to never win the title – but he’s certainly come close. His most recent standout run came in 2009 when, four years after announcing plans to cease running full time in the series, he returned to the full schedule with Hendrick Motorsports and finished second in the standings.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup moments 31315830 Top gun Top+gun+ NASCAR

It was a moment that etched his name in history. Jimmie Johnson had already tied Cale Yarborough for most consecutive Cup titles – and in 2010 he took hold of the mark outright when he won his fifth consecutive Cup title.

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