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MARK BEECH
September 15, 2008
Four former champions are in the Sprint Cup hunt, but a pair of hot young guns leads the field into the postseason
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September 15, 2008

Scouting Report

Four former champions are in the Sprint Cup hunt, but a pair of hot young guns leads the field into the postseason

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Regular Season Finish 9TH | WINS 1 | TOP 5s 9 | TOP 10s 14 | BEST at Martinsville | WORST at Kansas

10. DENNY HAMLIN
With four top fives in the last seven races, Hamlin is coming on at the right time. He's driving a highly competitive car—his 700 laps led are the most of any driver outside of the top four. Unfortunately, the number 11 team has occasionally been beset by mistakes and poor strategy, making a run at a Cup championship unlikely.

Regular Season Finish 7TH | WINS 0 | TOP 5s 6 | TOP 10s 12 | BEST at Phoenix | WORST at Martinsville

11. KEVIN HARVICK
For the second straight year he has been a perfectly good driver on a perfectly good team. Unfortunately, that's all he's been. The most noteworthy thing about his solid but winless season is that his streak of races without a DNF has climbed to 70. Among the 12 Chasers, only Bowyer and Burton, Harvick's teammates at Richard Childress Racing, have led fewer laps than Harvick's 168.

Regular Season Finish 12TH | WINS 1 | TOP 5s 4 | TOP 10s 12 | BEST at Kansas | WORST at Homestead

12. CLINT BOWYER
Last year's breakout star, Bowyer has been steady, finishing every race for the second straight season, but except for a win at Richmond in May—where he was the beneficiary of a late-race accident that took out the leaders—he has rarely been a threat to reach Victory Lane. It would be a surprise if he were able to duplicate last year's third-place finish.

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