NASCAR’s goal when it implemented the two wild card spots for the Chase for the Championship was to create an ever-changing situation that would carry all the way through the last race of the regular season at Richmond.

Thus far, mission accomplished.

Heading to this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, there have been eleven different winners in 15 races. One can almost safely assume that the four repeat winners – Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, and Brad Keselowski – will be able to fall back on a wild card spot even if they fall outside the top-10 in points.