September 9, 2012
From left, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr.,Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, and Matt Kenseth pose with the trophy following the Federated Auto Parts 400 race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. The 12 drivers pictured all finished the regular season in the Top 12 in points and made the Chase for the Cup Championship.
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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship was officially set late Saturday night when --- after a long rain delay --- Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag, while four-time champs Jeff Gordon rallied at the end to finish second and grab the last spot in the postseason.