We're now two-thirds of the way through the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. You all know what that means—there are only 12 races left, the majority of which comprise the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR's version of "playoffs."
The Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta marks the beginning of a 12-week uninterrupted stretch to the end of the season. With an off weekend between that race and Bristol, it's safe to say that some of the perceived momentum in the top teams has been frozen.
But just because the teams have received a one-week break, doesn't necessarily mean that those on hot streaks are going to be iced out at Atlanta. Without further ado, the top drivers and championship contenders heading into this weekend's Emory Healthcare 500, and the final third of the season: