Call them the dubious dozen.
Time is running out for 12 drivers to make this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Including Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, there are just four races left for these drivers to secure their spot in the 12-driver Chase, which begins Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Il.
Heading into this weekend's race, the numbers are four up and eight down—four drivers who are currently in the top 10 of the Sprint Cup standings but not secure by any means, as well as eight drivers from 11th through 18th who are vying to either make a late rally to crack the top 10 or make the Chase as one of two wildcard qualifiers.
We break down each driver's respective situation and what he needs to do Sunday at Michigan.