With just three regular-season races left before the Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff that will determine which 16 drivers will battle for the 2014 championship over the final 10 races, it's time to take a closer look at the organizations involved.
Two stand apart from all the others at the moment: Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske.
Everyone else is playing catchup, as the Chevrolets of Hendrick have combined thus far for nine wins this season, and the two-team Penske operation has combined for five. That means these two organizations have combined to capture 14 of the first 23 races this season.
But what other teams have a sunny outlook as the Chase beckons, and which are in trouble, based on momentum or lack thereof, team resources or lack thereof—and the levels of skill and resourcefulness of their drivers behind the wheel? Read on to find out.