At the summer off-weekend break for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2012, most of the field of 12 drivers eligible to compete for the title of Sprint Cup championship was all but set. In fact, just one driver—Jeff Gordon—successfully negotiated a comeback that landed him in the Chase for the Sprint Cup after the final regular-season race at Richmond.
Gordon's sterling drive into title contention in the final races before the 10-race stretch was the story of the NASCAR's late summer action. This time around, however, Gordon is joined by a host of drivers within striking distance to make the Chase.
The final races before the Chase cutoff event, Sept. 7, promise to produce plenty of intrigue among at least nine drivers with a fighting chance to make the 10-race playoff.