You can try to create Game 7 moments, but that doesn't guarantee that you'll get them.

Once again, the end of the regular season came with little drama.  In fact, the only real drama was delivered by Aric Almirola with his impressive run towards the front.  But did you really think he'd be able to get by Matt Kenseth if he got to him?

By going with the win-and-you're-in philosophy, NASCAR has attempted to create great theater at the end of the regular season.  But, the last couple of years, we haven't had it.  In all honesty, though, very few of us expected it.  Most of us predicted that the 16 who were in at the start of the day would be the same 16 in the Chase afterwards.  Those predictions were based on the gap between the haves and have nots.

But, while we didn't get the "edge of your seat" drama at Richmond, based on what we saw last year, the chances are pretty good we'll see some, at least, three times in the next 10 weeks.  Pretty good but not guaranteed.