A close finish under the Saturday night lights at Bristol Motor Speedway reminded everyone what NASCAR's pending Chase for the Sprint Cup could be—and should be—all about.
Except for one thing: the driver of the second-place car, Kasey Kahne, didn't appear to do everything he could to move the first-place car of Matt Kenseth out of the way to steal the post-race spotlight in Victory Lane. Under the circumstances, that could perhaps be excused for points-racing and Chase-positioning reasons, plus the pair in question put on a pretty awesome example of how exciting clean racing can be.
But let's hope that all changes over the last two races of the regular season and throughout the Chase. These guys should be racing for wins, all holds barred. The fans deserve it and the rich history of the sport demands it.
With that in mind, the latest Power Rankings take into account not only who has momentum and has been running the fastest heading into the final two races before the Chase, but whether they have their heads wrapped completely around the all-out approach it likely will take to win a championship.