NASCAR Pure Michigan 400: 3 Drivers on the Bubble in Danger of Missing the Chase

With opportunities to seal a spot in the Chase running out, you could cut the tension with the knife at NASCAR. Threats of violence, major crashes and physical altercations make it clear that drivers are literally ready to fight their way into one of the twelve spots if necessary.

There are a few big names in particular who are currently on the bubble that are in danger of forfeiting their spot in the Chase.

Let's take a look at three guys who could be on the outside looking in when the field is finalized.

Tony Stewart

It's August, so it seems like any race now Tony Stewart is going to turn it on and come away with a victory that seals his spot in the top 10. With 0 wins, 0 poles and only two top-5 finishes, this isn't the Stewart we are all accustomed to seeing.

Once again, it looks like Stewart is on the brink of doing something special, but another so-so race could land him in hot water. Without a win, he has no hope of dropping into a wild card spot.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in a similar boat as Stewart. He's got no wins to his name, but he's still in the top 10. His position is anything but secure though. A great race at the Pure Michigan 400 would let him breath a little easier, as he's a bad race away from being in jeopardy of missing the Chase entirely.

Like Stewart, Earnhardt is way too skilled a racer to be this deep into the season without a win. A win could come at any time, it just hasn't been in the cards yet for either racer.

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin has one of the wild-card spots for the time being, but there are a number of drivers who could pass him with a win. The spots go to the drivers with the most wins and only those ranked 11-20 are eligible.

The other wild-card spot is fairly well protected, as Brad Keselowski has two wins. That means guys with one win like Paul Menard, David Ragan, Regan Smith and Marcos Ambrose are all a threat to bump Hamlin out of his wild-card spot with one great race.

--Kyle Vassalo

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