Any hopes that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers may have of making the Chase for the Championship will very likely hinge on the AdvoCare 500 on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
With four races remaining on the schedule before NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta, Ryan Newman has injected himself well into the wild card hunt as a result of Sunday's victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newman's win on Sunday makes him one of three drivers ranked between 11th and 20th in the points standings with one victory. With those drivers deadlocked in a close race for two wild card spots, another win would move any of those drivers above the rest and into NASCAR's 10-race playoff format.
Here's a look at the prospects of the top wild card contenders.
Last Week: Finished fourth
At Atlanta: Three wins, most recently in 2010
A closer look: Stewart continues to lead all wild card contenders in terms of points.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Last Week: Rallied from a starting spot of 38th to finish 11th.
At Atlanta: Led during the closing laps in last year's AdvoCare 500 before losing the lead following a late caution.
A closer look: Atlanta could bode well for Truex, who has finished no worse than seventh at 1.-5-mile races at Texas, Charlotte and Kentucky.
Last Week: His victory from the pole position at Indianapolis places him in a three-way tie for the wild card lead as he, Stewart and Truex each have one win.
At Atlanta: Is tied for the all-time lead in pole positions but is still seeking his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.
A closer look: Has the fewest points compared to Truex and Stewart, so gaining positions during the next few races will be key to earning a Chase berth.
Last Week: Following a 21st place finish, the defending series champion has failed to finish in the top ten in six of the past seven races.
At Atlanta: Has finished no worse than sixth in the past two Atlanta races.
A closer look: Count Keselowski among those drivers needing to make up ground in the points standings. He needs a race victory to put himself in contention for a wild car spot.
Last Week: Finished 14th after starting sixth.
At Atlanta: Has found success at AMS with three victories.
A Closer Look: Busch has had a car capable of winning on multiple occasions this season. Like any racer, he needs a little bit of late-race good fortune to get his first win of the season.