NNS: For Third Through Sixth, Title Aspirations Are Not Lost Yet

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JOLIET, Ill. — official release — Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America photo — One thing is for certain in racing, you can count on the uncertainty.

All it takes is a bad part, a bad shift on a restart or being collected in a multi-car accident and – poof – that comfortable points lead that was supposed to carry you to a championship is gone.

That’s why Ty Dillon (-42), Elliott Sadler (-54) and Brian Scott (-57) need stay at the ready in these final eight races; one DNF by the standings leader can change the points landscape completely.

Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon probably has the best chance of the four drivers of catching the point leaders sitting third in the series standings, 23 points back from second-place Regan Smith.

Dillon’s season has been a late blooming one. All season he has been consistent, posting a total of 18 top 10s, but it wasn’t until the series stopped at Chicago in July that he started clicking off consistent top fives – four in the last eight races including his win at Indianapolis. Dillon finished fifth at Chicago earlier this season.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Elliott Sadler is coming off his sixth top-10 finish in the last eight races following his eighth-place finish at Richmond last weekend. Sadler is 12 points behind Dillon in third-place. Sadler has posted an average finish of 10.0 this season.   Sadler has made 10 series starts at Chicago posting one win (2012), two top fives and five top 10s. He finished 10th at Chicago back in July.

Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott is fifth in the standings, three points behind fourth-place Sadler. Scott is the highest ranked driver in the standings without a win. 2014 has been his career-best season; he has posted five top fives and 15 top 10s with an average finish of 9.9.

Among active series tracks, Scott has posted his third-best average finish at Chicago with a 9.4. He sat on the pole and finished sixth at the 12.5-mile track earlier this season.

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