One to go this time around and 19 cars are battling for the same thing, a spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship. Since this year all a driver has to do to get into the post season party is win a race and finish in the top 30 in points, there are 19 drivers that still have a chance to get in. Drivers NASCAR refers to as “on the bubble” Even names like Danica Patrick, Justin Allgair and Michael Annett that have been non-factors for most to the season are being touted as Chase hopefuls.
But let’s be real for a second, most will have their bubbles burst. While stranger things have happened, there are really only a handful of drivers that have a real shot of securing one of the final two spots in the Chase. And more than likely they will both be drivers without wins this season.
Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer are the two winless drivers that have had the most success at Richmond, the site of the final race before the Chase. The two drivers have three and two wins respectively. But Stewart is 26th on the Chase grid so he will need a win to get in. Bowyer can get in, even if he doesn’t win, but sitting 17th on the grid he needs some help.
At 15th on the grid, Ryan Newman is almost a shoe-in, assuming there is not a first time winner at Richmond or if that winner is Matt Kenseth, who has already clinched his spot in the chase. If that happens, all Newman must do is finish 41st or better.
Greg Biffle is currently 16th on the Chase Grid, again assuming there is not a new winner, he needs to finish 22nd or better to get in the post season.
Bowyer and Kyle Larson are the only other two drivers that don’t need to win to get in. Other drivers in or near the top 30 with postseason dreams include Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Patrick, Allgaier, Annett, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Cole Whitt.
So there you have it, a bubble breakdown. There will be a quiz later.