Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/16/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship and the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
For now, it's a three-man breakaway in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch have established themselves as the clear-cut favorites in the battle for the 2013 title. There's already a 27-point deficit between third-place Busch and fourth-place tandem Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon. But with the top three contenders separated by just 12 points, the man left standing at Homestead-Miami Speedway will inevitably be buoyed by wins. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kenseth and Busch have the same average finish after the first three races of the Chase (third) and the same average finish for the season - 12.8. However, Kenseth's current 12-point advantage stems from three additional wins and more laps led (181). Every point is critical in the playoffs. Kenseth established a substantial 14-point lead after earning max points (48, for the win and leading the most laps) in the first two races. Johnson followed suit with his victory Sunday at Dover and leapt ov...
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