The goal of every race team in NASCAR is to make the Chase. That said, what happens between the 27th and 36th races can truly define a season.
Sometimes, it seems that having a disappointing Chase is almost harder to swallow than not making the Chase at all. Although, if you asked Kyle Busch that question after missing the Chase this year, he would probably say otherwise.
Racing only has one winner, though some drivers and teams have truly been impressive during the Chase. While not all have a shot at the title this year, a few select drivers have truly shown that they are a real threat now and will be so in the future.
Of course, as the Chase format seems to do, there are also those who lost out or took a step backward despite making the Chase.
Here are the winners and losers of the 2012 Chase, in no particular order of precedence.