This is the end, and while 43 cars will circle Homestead-Miami Speedway, at least for a while, only four will really matter.
They are the few, the proud, the finalists in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch, thoroughly dangerous men all. It's not necessarily winner take all. It's who-finishes-highest-of-the-four take all. It wouldn't be a bad idea to win, just in case.
In terms of the season to date, it's not an equitable quartet. If the point standings were apportioned across the entire season, the finalists would be ranked first (Harvick), fifth (Truex), 10th (Gordon) and 20th (Busch). Busch, you see, was absent for the first 11 races, though now that seems like a decade ago.