Cheez-It 355 big race for Chase standings

By wbng sports

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The green flag drops at Watkins Glen later this week for one of its biggest weekends of racing. But one of NASCAR's biggest names won't be there. Tony Stewart needed surgery on a broken right leg that he sustained in a crash at a track in Iowa Monday night. No word on how long he'll be out.

His injury though opens the door for other drivers to make their way into the top 10 for the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship.

Stewart was just on the outside looking in, in 11th place.

His injury gives four drivers who are less than 20 points behind him a chance, including Kurt Busch.

"You can say we're pushing all our eggs into this basket to get the best finish we can. After Watkins Glen, I think it's 5 to go and we like our chances at those next 5," says Kurt Busch, who is 13th in the Chase standings.

"These teams are so good and there's so many resources, especially the big teams. The drivers are just phenominal from top to bottom when it comes to driving in general and I think road course driving over the last 10 years, I think everybody's stepped up their games," says AJ Allmendinger.

The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen is this Sunday afternoon....with the Nationwide series running on Saturday.