FIVE MOST IMPORTANT RACES REMAINING ON THE CUP SCHEDULE

It is crunch time. We are into the second half of the season and there are seven races left to determine the 12 Chase drivers. After that, it's a 10-race sprint for the Cup. Every race from hereon in is important, but some loom larger than others. Here are five to watch: 5. Watkins Glen (Aug. 9): The two road course races give some drivers fits and give others a rare opportunity for a good finish. There are always a few surprises after the checkered flag waves. Witness the Sonoma race in June t ...

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