Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/23/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, poses with the race trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship and the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
What happens now for the NASCAR drivers who were in the running, but did not make the Chase for the Sprint Cup? It's probably easier for Carl Edwards to move on than it is for Kyle Busch, because Edwards didn't really even come close, to be honest. But I think for Edwards, Busch, Joey Logano -- and he's moving on in an even bigger way once the checkered flag waves at Homestead -- Marcos Ambrose, Ryan Newman and all the drivers who came so close this year, most of them know all they needed was one more win. All Kyle Busch, somewhere in those 26 races, needed was three more finishing positions somewhere. Still, I think there's probably going to be a sense of relief that the field is set. I know as a broadcaster, I'm feeling a sense of relief that we don't have to talk about it for a long time. Now we can just talk about a straight-up battle for the championship. There are no more scenarios. We know who our 12 drivers are, and we know what's in store for...
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