RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A broken shifter last week at Atlanta has put Clint Bowyer in desperation mode at Richmond. He needs a win on Saturday night to grab a dramatic last-grasp berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

The broken part was a devastating blow to Bowyer, who lost two spots in the standings and fell behind Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle in the jockeying for the final two spots in the 16-driver Chase field.

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Under NASCAR’s new win-and-in system, 17 different drivers can race their way into the Chase in the final “regular season” event.

Bowyer, a two-time winner at Richmond International Raceway, likes his chances.

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