Okay, so this one's about a week late. The nature of this article is to predict the winners of the final nine races of this Sprint Cup season, otherwise known as the Chase for the Sprint Cup, that will determine the champion from a pool of 12 potential drivers. In fact, I'm working with a list that I wrote up a while back, which does include Brad Keselowski as my predicted Chicago winner (I swear.)
Still, it doesn't hurt to use the first race as a gauge to see whether or not you need a total rewrite. And except for Jeff Gordon's inexplicable stuck throttle sucking a lot of wind out of the No. 24 team's sails, a lot of this list hasn't been altered whatsoever.
So without further ado, let's take the lessons we learned at Chicago and apply them to the rest of the season. Who's going to take the final nine race wins and who will they beat to do it?