NASCAR's regular season (The Race for the Chase) ended Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia, with 10 drivers moving on to the playoffs (The Chase for the Nextel Cup) starting next week at New Hampshire International Speedway.
The Rock and Roll 400 was won by 2004 champion Kurt Busch, but the big winner was his team owner, Jack Roush (smiling at right). Roush finds himself with five drivers in the ten who will race for the Nextel Cup: Busch, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Carl Edwards.

Out of 'The Chase' are fan favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

It's interesting to speculate on the role 'team orders' may play in the Chase for Jack Roush's third consecutive championship. We already saw the Roush Racing cars methodically swap the lead early in the race at Fontana, ensuring that each driver got the bonus points for leading the race.

Confused about how 'The Chase' works? NASCAR explains it here.






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