Manufacturers tight battle heads to Phoenix

Strong Chases Catapult Chevrolet, Ford Up Manufacturers' Standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2008) -- Only three points separate the top three outfits in one of the most hotly-contested Manufacturers' Championships in history. With two...

Strong Chases Catapult Chevrolet, Ford Up Manufacturers' Standings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2008) -- Only three points separate the top three outfits in one of the most hotly-contested Manufacturers' Championships in history.

With two races remaining in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Chevrolet leads the standings with 204 points, Ford has 202 and Toyota has 201.

After the 26-race "regular season," Chevrolet and Ford were tied for second in the Manufacturers' Championship standings, 18 points behind first-place Toyota. But after combining for seven wins in eight Chase races, Chevrolet and Ford have vaulted into the top two spots.

Jimmie Johnson (two) and Jeff Burton (one) have three Chase wins for Chevrolet and Carl Edwards (two) and Greg Biffle (two) have four for Ford. Tony Stewart has Toyota's lone Chase win.

The remaining schedule could set up a showdown between Ford and Chevrolet, which has won five consecutive Manufacturers' Championships.

A Chevrolet has won the last six races at Phoenix International Raceway, while a Ford has won the last four at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We've certainly witnessed some outstanding competition on the race track this season and that's reflected in the extremely tight battle we have going on for the Manufacturers' Championship," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's Vice President of Competition. "The manufacturers have done a great job across the board in support of their race teams, and their commitment to excellence and to the sport has never been more evident. It's one of the closest and most competitive races I can recall us ever having for the Manufacturers' Championship and it's going to be exciting to watch how things unfold over these final two races."

Here is how the Manufacturers' Championship points are distributed:

A maximum of six points can be gained in a given race. The top-finishing manufacturer gets nine (9) points, the second-best finishing manufacturer gets six (6), third-best gets four (4) and fourth-best gets three (3).

A single manufacturer cannot get points for two different positions. For instance, if Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolet finishes first and Jeff Burton's Chevrolet finishes third, Chevrolet does not earn 13 points. It would only earn the nine points for their first-place finish. A manufacturer earns the points in relation to how the other manufacturers finish.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards