It may be one of the longest seasons by calendar length in all of sports, but there's little doubt that the 26-race regular-season portion of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is often gone before you hardly knew it.
For the drivers, each race can mean so much. Each win means even more. Look no further than the two-point difference that kept Jeff Gordon out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Look no further than the hole Brad Keselowski couldn't dig himself out of to defend his title.
Opposite those who may have 'lost' the regular season, there are drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch who have scored a whopping 13 combined wins this season and who will head to the Chase as presumed favorites.
Of course, this is NASCAR. Not everyone or everything that made this end-of-regular-season rating list is a driver. Find out more with a click.