Top NASCAR teams in regular season still in Chase hunt

With four races remaining before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is crowned, including Sunday’s Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway, most teams that were among the best during the “regular season” are still in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title.

Brad Keselowski held off Matt Kenseth on a second two-lap overtime to win the GEICO 500 at Talladega and advance to Round 3 of the Chase. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne were eliminated from title contention.

Jimmie Johnson led the most laps in Sunday’s GEICO 500 and his pit crew consistently got him off pit road each time. He had a chance to win late in the race, but it was not to be. It’s been that kind of season for the reigning Sprint Cup series champion.

NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup at Talladega: Poor finishes by both Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and even Brad Keselowski in recent weeks would have made it virtually impossible for them to win the championship under the previous Chase format. The new format – which guarantees advancement with victory – gave them all the same opportunity on Sunday, which Keselowski cashed in.

Richard Petty Motorsports is moving its race operations to another North Carolina location.

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