Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/19/14

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 02: NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne speaks at Las Vegas Motorspeedway for the Roast of four time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson during Day 1 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
After Saturday night's race at Darlington, guys like Kasey Kahne find themselves on the way up in the points race, while guys like Jeff Gordon continue to go backward. Both are currently on the outside looking in, when it comes to making the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. They both know they need to focus on getting some wins under their belts in hopes of securing one or both of the wild-card spots in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Realizing that still doesn't make it any easier on them. They both have a clear understanding that when it comes to winning in NASCAR, it simply isn't easy. Just when you think you have things figured out, it goes away with the snap of your fingers. Look how well Jeff Gordon was running at the end of the Bristol race. He easily had a top-five car, but then his tire gets clipped by his teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his day is ruined. Or, look at the Martinsville race. You had three Hendrick cars up front. All three needed a win. All three were...
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