Like water circling around in a sink before going down a drain, those drivers that have not yet qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup are slowly watching their playoff hopes also go down the drain.
With 11 drivers already having earned wins in the first 19 races thus far, and just five more open spots remaining to be filled in the next seven races to make up the final 16-driver Chase field, there's going to be some rather hectic activity coming up.
So who makes it and who doesn't? It's as simple a question as it gets.
While we still think winless drivers Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne will win between now and Richmond, punching their tickets into the Chase, there's also a lot of other good drivers that, in our opinion, are ultimately going to fall short.
One other winless driver, Matt Kenseth, will likely make it into the Chase even if he doesn't win a race by virtue of where he's at in the points (and provided there suddenly aren't five or more first-time 2014 winners in the next seven races)
With only the top 30 drivers in the standings eligible to qualify for the Chase, here are our picks of those who likely will miss this year's 10-race marquee part of NASCAR's season (in no particular order):