Despite any outstanding individual performance, the overall Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2011 has no equal since its inculcation in 2004.
It has never been more hotly contested. Roush Fenway Racing should not be ashamed.
Half of the field was truly considered a strong contender for the title at some point during the 10-race shootout.
Though it boiled down to only two at the climax, this made for perhaps the greatest theatre that NASCAR has ever been able to put on a racetrack.
Most likely, this situation will never again present itself in quite the same manner as 2011.
Just in case any further proof or arguments are needed, here are five reasons why: