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4 KURT BUSCH
DEFINING MOMENT: Texas
The man who won the first Cup of the Chase era, back in 2004, never quite mounted a challenge this year. But by snatching the Dickies 500 victory, he made a strong statement that he'll be a title threat again in 2010.
5 DENNY HAMLIN
DEFINING MOMENT: Fontana
Hamlin's Chase suffered from a split personality: He was brilliant at times, winning at Martinsville and Homestead. But he also had three DNFs. The first, in the Pepsi 500, essentially took the fizz out of his Cup run.
6 TONY STEWART
DEFINING MOMENT: New Hampshire
Points leader for the last 13 weeks of the regular season, Smoke came into the Chase seeded second. But a potential strong start went up in, well, you know, at Loudon, when a loose rear axle dropped him to a 14th-place finish.
7 GREG BIFFLE