NASCAR Chase Power Rankings Week 9 at Phoenix: Can winless Ryan Newman at No. 3 keep his title hopes alive?
PHOENIX—Strike up the hair metal band and cue the stage smoke. The final countdown is here. This Sunday at 3 p.m. EST (ESPN), the last of the Chase elimination races goes down here—on the low-banked, one-mile oval set against the picturesque Estrella Mountains in Arizona's race-mad exurb of Avondale. Eight Chasers will enter, but only four will leave with a chance to race for the Sprint Cup at Homestead-Miami on November 16. What’s more, only 18 points separate the first-place driver from the eighth. If you thought things got heated last week, these higher stakes could send tensions quickly boiling over again, and well before the race is even through. Whoever prevails will truly have earned the right of way.