The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is the longest season in major professional sports. So, no driver or team is out of the championship hunt. Even drivers like Tony Stewart, who currently sits 22nd in the standings, can make a midseason push towards the Chase.
However, six races are complete, and everyone has a general understanding of where each driver and team stands. The Cup Series has now run a race at every style of track outside of road courses. Hendrick Motorsports has the season sweep on short tracks with wins from Kasey Kahne at Bristol and Jimmie Johnson last Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing appears to have a handle on the intermediate tracks with wins from Kyle Busch at Fontana and Matt Kenseth at Las Vegas.