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Defending champion Keselowski could miss Chase
NASCAR In the Pits Au Heal
FILE - In this March 22, 2013 file photo, Denny Hamlin stands in the garage area after taking the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 auto race in Fontana, Calif. The clock is ticking on Hamlin's championship chances after a 23rd-place finish at Sonoma failed to help him close the gap on his bid to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) - photo by Associated Press
Tony Stewart's defense of his 2005 championship doesn't look so bad on paper, and it sure seemed to be soaring during his laborious celebratory fence-climb following his July win at Daytona. It was his second win of the 2006 season, and it pushed him to fifth in the championship standings. Little did he know that hot summer night atop the flag stand would be his crowning achievement of the year.