NASCAR Chase For The Cup: Sunday In Dover

The third race of the 10-installment NASCAR Chase For The Cup goes Sunday afternoon in Dover at 1 PM EST. While any of the 12 drivers eligible for NASCAR’s top prize can still win it, only four are in realistic striking distance and after an up-and-down year marked by controversy, Jimmie Johnson has an opportunity to take control of this race.

Johnson is holding a narrow one-point lead over Brad Keselowski in the point standings and Dover is a track that’s been quite good to the leader. Johnson won here in June. While he didn’t get a Dover win in 2011, he grabbed three of the four races here in 2009-10. A win on Sunday gives him a chance to open up some breathing room at the top and effectively eliminate a lot of drivers who are fighting to hang on.