Only two to go, to determine who's in and who's out of the competition for the 2012 Sprint Cup championship.
So let's talk about who is fizzling on the back stretch, who has a bubble about to burst and who is revving up their motors by cranking it up with their game on.
Due to NASCAR's rule of four cars per team, the most that one organization can hope for is that all four of them teams make the Chase.
However due to affiliations that NASCAR allows, history could be made this year at Richmond as we could see five, possibly six, drivers with ties to one organization's engine program, making the Chase.
That one organization is Hendrick Motorsports.
Sunday's race at Watkins Glen was a game changer for several Chase contenders with a wild finish in the Finger Lakes 355. The competition continues to get more intense as the Sprint Cup teams head to the "Irish Hills" of Michigan for the upcoming weekend.
The Pure Michigan 400 is seventh of the ten races to the Chase to determine who's in and who's out to compete for the 2012 Sprint Cup title. Using the previous six races for analysis, this discussion will review who is fizzling on the backstretch, which drivers' bubble is about to burst and who is cranking it up with their game on.
Each and every point is crucial as all drivers and fans know, especially as we get closer and closer to the Chase cutoff.What every Sprint Cup driver wants Photo - Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Going into Pocono, Dale Earnhardt Jr. held the points lead while Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch held the two wild card spots. Over the course of the rain shortened race at Pocono this past weekend, many had their eyes on the live points, keeping track of their favorite driver ranking. Many also watched as the top-ten changed multiple times and those outside of the top-ten continued their battle over the two coveted wild card spots.
The Race for the Chase in on and it's go time for competitors. Who will turn it up with their game on and who will fizzle on the backstretch?
With only six races left in the Race for the Chase, the competition is heating up and will be even more intense as the clock winds down to Richmond - the final race before the Chase begins at Chicagoland.
Every week watch for our newest Fan4Racing feature, Chase Tracker - The Contenders, on the journey to Richmond and then the season finale at Homestead-Miami.
This is where you'll find my analysis and predictions for the Chase based on the current week of performance from the wild card contenders, as well as the contenders for the championship in Chase.
Analysis will include, who's fizzling on the backstretch, who's bubble is about to burst and who's turning it up with their game on.