Defending champ hopes for chance to defend title

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Associated Press

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 3:04 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The numbers aren't exactly in Brad Keselowski's favor. He's 15th in points, winless on the season and at a track where he's never led a lap in the Sprint Cup Series.

It doesn't bode well for his last-gasp effort to grab one of the final spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field.

Should Keselowski come up short in Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway, the defending NASCAR champion will be a spectator for this year's Chase.

It wouldn't be the first time the defending NASCAR champion is ineligible to defend his title. In 2006, Tony Stewart failed to make the Chase a year after his second championship.

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