|12/03/15||The Champion By NHMS Numbers|
|11/20/15||The Championship Four Preview|
|11/13/15||Phoenix: Three To Watch|
|10/30/15||Martinsville: Three To Watch|
|10/18/15||Kansas: Three To Watch|
|10/05/15||Charlotte: Three To Watch|
Charlotte: Three To Watch
And then there were 12. Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, and Clint Bowyer, they're gone. Eliminated. Out of the Chase.
Kevin Harvick, on the other hand, clinched a spot into the Contender Round in the only way possible: winning the race at Dover. The reigning champion was on the ropes and responded, and should provide a significant obstacle for the rest of the Chase field moving forward.
Here are three Chase drivers to keep an eye on at Charlotte:
Green Flag - Kevin Harvick
Not even some ill-timed bad luck could keep the defending champ from advancing. He led 10 laps at Chicago before suffering a tire rub and finishing 42nd. He bounced back in a big way at New Hampshire by leading 216 laps, but ran out of gas and was relegated to a 21st-place finish. At Dover, he sealed the deal with 355 laps led for the win. He now heads to Charlotte to attempt to repeat in the Bank of America 500, a win he used last year to propel himself to the championship.
Yellow Flag - Kyle Busch
Busch has managed to stay relatively hot after a blazing summer, but it hasn't translated into wins. It probably won't at Charlotte either. Busch has never won at that track, but does have 10 top-fives in 23 starts there. Expect him to run up front, but be a little surprised if he visits victory lane.
Red Flag - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Junior made a heck of a pass to get in front of Jamie McMurray and take the spot he needed to move on to the Contender Round via a tiebreaker over McMurray. Charlotte is tough for him though. He's never won a points race there and has just 12 top-10s in 31 starts. He's probably the only driver in the field that's circling Talladega as a race to which he's looking forward.