Four tracks, five drivers.
That's pretty much what this season's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship has come down to.
While guys like Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth place, 52 points back), Greg Biffle (seventh, 53), Clint Bowyer (eighth, 57) and Kurt Busch (ninth, 61) are still mathematically in the running, let's face it:
The Chase battle is down to two drivers for sure (Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth), with three others (Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon) still within striking distance—providing they make up some significant ground in the next race or two to remain in the hunt.
The four remaining tracks run the gamut from the shortest track in NASCAR (this Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway) to a pair of 1 ½-mile high-speed venues (Texas Motor Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway) and a one-mile flat track (Phoenix International Raceway).
So, of the five remaining with the best shot at the Cup crown, who fares the best at each place—and who fares the worst?
Let's break down each track and see how the fab five has done at each, and then let's wrap up this exercise with—based upon their past history at each locale—who we think is the likely favorite to become the 2013 Sprint Cup champion, and how the final standings will look.
Will you agree with our conclusion or disagree? Let's get your thoughts after you read through this presentation.