It's a new era in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series where wins, and not points, rule for at least the first 26 races of the season.
The new rules for qualifying for the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup that is the sport's postseason certainly have spiced up the season through its first eight races. The first seven events produced seven different winners before Kevin Harvick broke through at Darlington Raceway to become the first two-time winner of 2014.
With that in mind, whose stock is on the rise and whose is headed for the dumpster? And which drivers' stock is in hold mode as we wait to see which way the rest of their season is going to break?
Based on not only the pure race results of what has transpired thus far, but also the circumstances surrounding each driver in terms of chemistry with crew chiefs; ability of his or her team to make critical money pit stops without costly mistakes; the skill with which each driver's owning organization can consistently build fast race cars and stay on top of ever-changing conditions; and each driver's ability to handle adversity, here is the way we currently see the NASCAR stock market.