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Instead, we'll go for the only driver who absolutely, no way, flat out could not have qualified for the playoffs without winning a race this season. Actually, it's been the same situation for this driver in back-to-back years, with an unlikely victory pushing him into the playoffs when he otherwise might not have deserved it. And like last season proved, the strategy Austin Dillon employed isn't effective for making a long playoff run. As the Big 3 of Martin Truex Jr.

But lost in the shuffle was one driver who excelled earlier in the season and has gradually tapered off since then. And while he's one of the few drivers with multiple wins this year, one of them was called early and the other broke a day winless streak. Great personality, great guy, great driver Earlier this year, I predicted Chase Elliott would break out in Back then, he'd finished second almost more times than you could count on two hands, and it was clear this season would be a breaking point for him - either finally win, or risk becoming one of those also-ran drivers whose celebrity outweighs his success.

The reality of the situation was Elliott did finally win his first Cup race, and it was as celebrated as you might imagine for the incoming Most Popular Driver. Other wins didn't follow, but generally good runs did. It's the sort of progress and quantifiable growth, not to mention his previous playoff experience, that makes it easy to see how young Elliott could go on a run come October and November. So he's my dark horse. Lots of tempting choices here, from Talladega to Martinsville to the eventual championship at Homestead.

Truth be told, the "best" race is sort of a subjective thing. While this race might end up being one of the more enjoyable for fans to watch see: But if this race turns into the wreck-fest most of the industry is expecting, it'll be must-see TV.

For all the crazy finishes this season, for all the heartwarming stories and first-time winners and dominant victories, ultimately this NASCAR season comes down to naming a champion. Last season, it was Martin Truex Jr. This season, it should be Might seem unlikely, but there was a reason they all made it last year. Truex, Harvick, and Busch are as close to locks as it comes, and Keselowski is arguably the hottest driver in the series today.

Pencil him into that fourth spot, with the potential for someone to steal it away at a later date.