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Chase Breakdown: Jimmie Johnson is back in the mix

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Here is a quick look at how the 12 Chase drivers fared in Race No. 2 of the Chase at Dover International Speedway:

1. Denny Hamlin — Finished 9th: Pegged Dover as the track he just needed to get through, and he did. Now the pressure is really on. If he expects to be good at Kansas, he must prove it. (-)

2. Jimmie Johnson — Finished 1st: Have we not learned anything over the last four years? Whenever it looks like Johnson is down, expect him to end the day in victory lane. (-35 points)

3. Kyle Busch — Finished 6th: He hasn't been spectacular, but he's been solid. If he can get on one of his hot streaks, he'll be dangerous. (-45 points)

4. Kurt Busch — Finished 4th: Lost his cool for a moment when he got caught speeding on pit road. That cost him points, but give him credit for rebounding in a big way. (-59 points)

5. Kevin Harvick — Finished 15th: He's still in the hunt, but if he's not going to win a race in the Chase, he'll need to be in the top five, not top 15. (-65 points)

6. Carl Edwards — Finished 5th: Like Harvick, he's just sort of hanging around right now. Kansas will be a litmus test for his title hopes. (-73 points)

7. Jeff Burton — Finished 2nd: Lost about 50 points when he ran out of gas at New Hampshire. If he'd been able to make it to the end there, he'd be second in the standings. (-80 points)

8. Jeff Gordon — Finished 11th: More of the same for Gordon, who made a run to the front midway through the race only to fade at the end. (-83 points)

9. Greg Biffle — Finished 19th: Dover was supposed to be a good track for Biffle, so consider this an opportunity lost. He's in a must-win situation heading to Kansas. (-140 points)

10. Tony Stewart — Finished 21st: Minimized some of the damage of a speeding penalty on pit road. Still, that's two mistakes in two races, and that's not going to cut it. (-162 points)

11. Matt Kenseth — Finished 18th: Just playing out the string at this point. Just getting an invitation to the champion's banquet only 10 are invited is the goal now. (-165 points)

12. Clint Bowyer — Finished 25th: It's all in the hands of the appeal board now. If he gets his 150 points back, he'll be 85 points down. Not great, but better than where he is now. (-235 points)

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