Win and you’re in. It’s a new concept for NASCAR in 2014, and it’s a rather simple one really. In order for a driver and his/her team to be guaranteed a spot in NASCAR’s edition of the playoffs they must essentially win a race over the course of the regular season.
16 drivers will find themselves in the chase for the Sprint Cup following the race at Richmond in two weeks. NASCAR made the decision in the offseason to make some drastic changes to NASCAR’s post season, including expanding the chase field to 16 cars from 12 the previous year. They also introduced the “knock-out” style in the chase. Basically, after three races, four drivers will be eliminated. Then after three more races, four more drivers exit, and so on until four drivers enter the last race of the year all vying for the championship.
A lot of people like the changes made by NASCAR this year, in an attempt to stay relevant vs. the NFL in the fall months, especially the drivers with a win or multiple wins. There are of course those remaining drivers that will get into the chase based on consistency unless they are able to get a “W” either this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, or the following week at the chase cut-off at Richmond.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 drivers yet to win in 2014.