THE CHASERS

A glance at the 16 drivers racing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Drivers listed in order of Chase ranking:

Jimmie Johnson

Car: No. 48 Chevrolet.

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Note: Won four times but has only one top-five finish in past nine races.

Kyle Busch

Car: No. 18 Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Note: Won four races, missed first 11 with a broken right leg and left foot.

Matt Kenseth

Car: No. 20 Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Note: Won four races, including three of the past six.

Joey Logano

Car: No. 22 Ford

Team: Team Penske

Note: Daytona 500 champion won three races.

Kevin Harvick

Car: No. 4 Chevrolet

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing

Note: Won two races with 10 runner-up finishes.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Car: No. 88 Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Note: Won two races, enters Chase with four straight top-10s.

Kurt Busch

Car: No. 41 Chevrolet

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing

Note: Won two races, was suspended for first three of the season.

Carl Edwards

Car: No. 19 Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Note: Left Roush Fenway Racing and won twice for Gibbs.

Brad Keselowski

Car: No. 2 Ford

Team: Penske Racing

Note: Six-race winner last year won only once this season.

Martin Truex Jr.

Car: No. 78 Chevrolet

Team: Furniture Row Racing

Note: Won third career race at Dover, made it as one-car team.

Denny Hamlin

Car: No. 11 Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Note: Won one race.

Jamie McMurray

Car: No. 1 Chevrolet

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing

Note: Made first career Chase.

Jeff Gordon

Car: No. 24 Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Note: Trying to win his fifth championship in final season.

Ryan Newman

Car: No. 31 Chevrolet

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Note: Winless entering Chase for second straight season.

Paul Menard

Car: No. 27 Chevrolet

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Note: Made first career Chase.

Clint Bowyer

Car: No. 15 Toyota Team: Michael Waltrip Racing

Note: Coming off third straight winless season.

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