As NASCAR gets closer to the Chase, the top drivers will be doing everything in their power to try and maintain their current positions in the standings.
What will be the best and worst-case scenarios for each top driver heading into the postseason, though?
Of course, the best situation for everyone would be to walk away with the championship, but realistically that's not going to happen.
Drivers like Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson will have a strong advantage in the Chase, and any Ford driver who makes it in might have a hard time keeping up, since Ford drivers have struggled this season.
For some drivers, making it into the Chase and finishing well enough through the postseason would be a huge accomplishment.
Worst-case scenarios for most drivers will see them struggle, but some drivers are locked into the Chase, while others could stumble before the postseason begins and completely miss it.
Here are the best and worst-case scenarios for the top-10 drivers as NASCAR inches closer to the Chase.