Eliminator: AAA Texas 500
|Matt Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff have made the most|
of the season, even as victory lane has eluded them. (NHMS/HHP)
His win opens the door for at least two drivers to qualify for the Championship Round on points alone. That's a pretty risky proposition, however. Those still in the Chase have been among the most consistent drivers this season, so one slip could easily knock a driver out of the points race.
Wins are still key.
Jeff Gordon just missed out on a clinching win with his second-place finish at Martinsville; that could come back to haunt him if something goes wrong in the next two races. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick suffered damage and finished 31st and 33rd, respectively, at Martinsville. Both of them won in the last round and might need to do the same to advance.
Here's a fantasy NASCAR perspective on how some of the Chase contenders are expected to finish this week: