NASCAR sends championship contenders on Chase tour

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Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Even standing alone in a Philadelphia sports bar, Kasey Kahne kept an eye on the competition.

Kahne watched a Dale Earnhardt Jr. interview shown on the giant big screen TV before he answered questions from a pack of NASCAR fans.

Drivers in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship crisscrossed their way across the country Tuesday to promote the 10-race playoff that will crown a champ. Kahne visited Philadelphia. Earnhardt did a media tour in Connecticut.

The "Chase Across America" tour sent drivers to various events where they met breast cancer survivors, Coast Guard personnel and firefighters.

The Chase kicks off Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Denny Hamlin holds the points lead over five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. Defending champion Tony Stewart is third.

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