Power Rankings: Only eight NASCAR drivers with championship hopes remain in the Chase as it hits Martinsville.
Only eight drivers with a shot at the championship remain in the Chase, which rolls into Martinsville on Sunday (1:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN). And while some of NASCAR’s biggest names are no longer challenging for the Cup, they were not sent home—the custom in stick-and-ball postseason formats. Nor were they permanently banished from this list, which has been further reduced by four. Those drivers will be in the grid, as always, but racing for pride the rest of the way. That alone should worry the Chasers who have endured, because many of their recently cut rivals are just as capable of winning down the stretch as they are. If you thought things were interesting before, look out: The first non-contender could be on his or her way to Victory Lane.