While it's true that the 2014 NASCAR season is still in its early stages, there appears to be no shortage of excitement as stock car racing's top division steams towards NASCAR night racing on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR's new Chase for the Championship format places a much higher emphasis on winning than ever before. From what has been seen through the season's first six races, the very best is yet to come.

Drivers have taken more chances than in the past to win races. In the past, this would not have happened.

Odds are that in recent years, drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. would not have tried to stretch fuel mileage to win at Las Vegas. Under the old format, drivers would have likely pitted to avoid potential tire problems at Fontana.

That is the very exciting dynamic of the new format to qualify for NASCAR's championship structure within the Sprint Cup Series. Drivers are very aware that a strong points result but no victories could cause them to miss out on the Chase.

Think about it. As of right now, NASCAR's six-time Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson isn't even guaranteed a Chase berth. The only way for him to virtually lock up a spot is by winning a race.

If drivers are already taking chances this early in the season, imagine what they'll do in the final laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway under the lights on Labor Day Weekend.

Hold on, race fans. It'll be a fun ride all the way to the checkered flag under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway!