After the 26th race of the season, the field for the 2011 Chase for the Championship will be set.
If the Sprint Cup regular season ended today, the field would consist of the following drivers: Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon.
But between now and the cut-off race at Richmond International Speedway, a lot can and will happen. I predict that at least two of the above drivers will fall out of Chase contention.
Which of the current drivers in the top 25 in the points are likely to make the final cut for the Chase? Here are my thoughts on each driver's odds to make the Chase.