In 10 weeks' time the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion will be crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway, following 10 races at 10 tracks. Twelve drivers from four different teams, representing three out of four manufacturers contesting the series, have made the Chase, and they're the only ones in position to fight for the championship under the 'play-off' format.
Kyle Busch has dominated the year, but now his 208-point gap shrinks down to just 30 over Carl Edwards and 40 over reigning champion Jimmie Johnson. A bad weekend for the Toyota racer could eventually throw the title battle wide open. That's what makes the Chase interesting, even if it could be hard to swallow for those who have done more than enough to deserve a championship in the first 26 races.
Five mile-and-a-half ovals, four short tracks and one superspeedway are the arenas in which they will battle among 43-car fields, with 31 other drivers who have nothing to lose.