The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is in its early stages, but now is a good time to take a look at what lies ahead for the remainder of the season. With a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be well rested and ready to go when they enter the Richmond International Raceway this Friday.
Richmond is a great jumping-off point for the rest of the season since it will also be the track where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase competitors will be determined. The rest of the season will include drivers going up and drivers falling out of the standings as the larger tracks will come into play during the summer months.
Some drivers, like Tony Stewart, thrive in the hot, slippery conditions of summer, and other drivers fade when it comes down to the crew chiefs with the best-handling cars and the drivers with the best car control.
Tracks like Michigan and Pocono will bore NASCAR fans in the next few months, but the drivers who master those tracks will have the inside track to make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase.