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BROOKLYN, Mich. Dwight Howard Jersey . -- Chip Ganassi doesnt have to think for long to know the answer to the question: When was the last time he had two cars in the Chase for the Sprint Cup?Its been never, Ganassi said.After Kyle Larsons victory Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Ganassi has that chance.Larson is one of 12 drivers with victories this year locked into the 16-driver Chase with races left at Darlington and Richmond before the field is set.Chris Buescher has a win but isnt locked in yet because he is just seven points ahead of David Ragan for 30th in the standings. A driver with a win must finish in the top 30 in points to earn a spot.Assuming Buescher can remain in the top 30, that leaves three spots available to winless drivers who are the best in points. Chase Elliott is the best, six points ahead of Austin Dillon and six more ahead of Ganassi driver Jamie McMurray.McMurray has a 15-point lead on Ryan Newman, the first driver on the outside looking in. If Buescher falls out of the top 30, Newman would be next in line with a 37-point lead on Kasey Kahne for the final spot. Of course, there could be fewer than three winless drivers in the Chase if a winless driver wins at Darlington or Richmond.[Getting two in] was the goal at the beginning of the season, Ganassi said. We still have some work to do. We got Jamie in [at this point], but just by the skin of his teeth. Weve got to work on that with two [races] to go now.Thats what we do. Thats what we try to do every day.McMurray finished eighth at Michigan. It was the fifth top-10 finish for him in the past seven races.You just have to get the most points you can and try to win, McMurray said.While Larson is gearing up for his first Chase, McMurray is looking to compete in his second playoff, having qualified for it through points for the first time last year.From where we started our year to where our cars are now, weve made a lot of progress, McMurray said. Props to those guys. ... Weve just got to work hard to get the best finishes we can the next two weeks and we both can get into the Chase.Xfinity Series: Michael McDowell gets that first winMichael McDowell had competed in 297 national series events, and he got his first win Saturday. Having started his career as a road course racer, McDowell has fought the urge to go back to full-time road racing to concentrate on a Sprint Cup career.He had opportunities driving for Joe Gibbs Racing to potentially get a win in the past, but he wasnt able to capitalize. The win Saturday at Road America came while driving for Richard Childress Racing.Its been a long road, McDowell said. It definitely is a check the box [moment] -- this is what I came into the sport to do. There have been a lot of road racers and have come and won on the road courses but really struggle on the ovals.I didnt want to become a NASCAR road race ringer. I wanted to become a NASCAR driver. To do that and to be here still and to be competitive on the ovals and to win on a road course is really awesome.McDowell is the primary Cup driver for RCR affiliate Leavine Family Racing, the team Childress grandson Ty Dillon runs select races for during the year.It means a tremendous amount [to me], McDowell said. Ive been so close here at Road America for a few years. To be able to finally finish it off and close it off was huge.Starting on the pole in 2011 and second in 2012, McDowell led a combined 34 laps at the track and felt he saw some chances to win slip away. Hes had three runner-up finishes in his Xfinity career, as well as a pair of thirds.Its hard to watch replays or watch videos. ... Now, Ill be able to go back and watch this, and its going to be awesome, McDowell said.RCR has won the past three races at Road America with three different drivers -- Brendan Gaughan, Paul Menard and McDowell.Camping World Truck Series: Brett Moffitt arrivesBrett Moffitt won the 2015 Sprint Cup rookie title and had little to show for it at the start of 2016, a year he started on the couch with no ride thanks to Michael Waltrip Racing shutting down after last season.Competing in just his fourth race of the year and sixth Trucks event of his career, Moffitt earned his first career national series win Saturday at Michigan thanks to his last-lap pass of Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters for the lead.Moffitt finished second a week earlier to Ben Kennedy, who had started the year driving the Red Horse Racing No. 11 Toyota. Kennedy went to GMS Racing after the third race of the year, and the organization has used a variety of drivers in the seat.Winning is awesome, no matter what the circumstance is, Moffitt said. Last week finishing second was really frustrating for me because I knew I had a short timetable to get the job done.The 24-year-old Moffitt has been in the truck for three races in place of Matt Tifft, who is out after having brain surgery for a tumor earlier this summer. This race was an open one on the No. 11 schedule.Moffitt only has one race left on his current schedule, next Sunday in the No. 11 truck at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport).I knew everyone was impressed with the runs we were having and really happy, but for my sake, I needed to go out there and win. ... Hopefully some more doors open down the road, Moffitt said. Vince Carter Jersey . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season. D.J. Augustin Jersey . As the crowd erupted, Davis knocked the ball off the glass and back into his hands. With 1:14 to go in overtime, Davis sixth block also became his 17th rebound. That, along with his 32 points -- which tied a career high -- proved too much for Denver to overcome, and the Pelicans held on for their third straight victory, 111-107 on Sunday night. http://www.cheapmagicjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-shelvin-mack-jersey . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kent State coach Paul Haynes has been on the other side of these powerhouse-versus-underdog games.The former Ohio State assistant is bringing his team in to face No. 1 Alabama on Saturday as the David in this battle with a college football Goliath. He isnt banking on catching Nick Sabans team unprepared even for a game against a six-touchdown underdog while coming off an emotional win over No. 23 Mississippi.As a coach you worry about these as far as preparation, Haynes said. I think thats what (Saban) has mastered. I think thats what he does the best of anyone in the country, that it doesnt matter who they play, theyre never out of the game and they always prepare a certain way. They dont have choices. He doesnt give them a lot of choices. This is the way they do it, and thats why the machine keeps rolling the way it is.This game with Kent State (1-2) might be viewed as a respite for the Crimson Tide (3-0) after that 48-43 win over the Rebels, but its got a special element for Saban. Hes a 1973 Kent State graduate who played on the Golden Flashes only conference champion as a senior.Tide players insist theyre not relaxing for this game, and not just because its the head coachs alma mater.There are no down shifts, Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson said. Were going to practice this week like were preparing for the national championship. Thats the only way were going to get better as a team. You cant down shift and then pick it back up. You just cant do it.---Some other things to know about this game:WAXING NOSTALGIC: Saban said its been awhile since hes been able to visit Kent State, but he speaks fondly of his time there, especially that championship season. Coach Don James talked a reluctant Saban into working as a graduate assistant, starting a coaching career thats led to five national championships so far. At the time, he wasnt sure he wanted to coach or go to graduate school. Bismack Biyombo Jersey. Theres a lot of things that impacted my life in a very positive way because of the people and the relationships that were developed there, Saban said.INJURED RECEIVERS: Alabama receivers ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster are both questionable for the game with knee injuries. Stewart, who was hurt in the Ole Miss game, is one of the SECs top receivers with 13 catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Foster, a former starter, was injured in practice Tuesday.SABAN VISIT: Saban took some time out to chat with a fellow Kent State alum when Haynes visited one spring five or six years ago, even delaying a staff meeting to continue the talk. Then at Ohio State, Haynes was visiting the Tides then-director of football operations Todd Alles when Saban walked in and said he had some time to talk. So we went in his office and probably met for about an hour one on one and just talked DB stuff and defensive philosophy-type stuff, Haynes said. They had a staff meeting so coaches started coming in and he kind of held off the staff meeting and everybody was kind of looking at me like, `Who is this dude?TOP DEFENDERS: Alabamas not the only team with star defenders. Kent State safety Nate Holleys 15.7 tackles per game ranks second nationally and hes tops in solo tackles averaging nine a game. Defensive end Terence Waughs five sacks are tied for second in the nation.YOUNG QBS: Tide freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts is expected to start for the third straight game, though Saban hasnt made any kind of announcement on the topic. Kent State starts a redshirt freshman QB in Mylik Mitchell. Both have thrown only one interception so far.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' ' 

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