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Four drivers attempt to claw their way up Chase standings

Survive and advance. The familiar sports catch phrase used in the postseason now takes on a real meaning in NASCAR's new Chase for the Sprint Cup format. After the first race of the Chase last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, there are several drivers who are in danger of seeing their Chase appearances end. "We have to stay alive," said a frustrated Carl Edwards following his 20th place finish at Chicagoland. With two races left before the first eliminations, Edwards is 12th in the standings and only one point ahead of 13th -- the first of four positions to get axed following the Sept. 28 race at Dover, Del. "We have to go to Loudon (N.H.) and hopefully our flat short-track program ...

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