In NASCAR’s Chase format, winning still isn’t everything

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There are many paths to a championship in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series. Not all of them, including the one Ryan Newman has followed so far, include winning.

Danica Patrick says she is open to change if it improves her performance in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. However, it remained unclear Friday what was the impetus for the swap in crew chiefs and pit-road crews made this week by Stewart-Haas Racing between Patrick’s No. 10 and Kurt Busch’s No. 41 teams.

Jamie McMurray was second fastest in Round 1 of knockout qualifying and fastest in the second round to win the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The pole is McMurray’s second of the season and 11th of his Sprint Cup Series career.

It was one year ago that Darrell Wallace Jr. left his mark on NASCAR history. Much has changed as he returns this weekend to the site of his first Truck series victory, even the number on his truck.

NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Eight drivers remain in contention for the 2014 championship heading into Sunday’s Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Who’s Hot/Who’s Not includes Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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