All the marbles are on the line Saturday night in Richmond and there will be a lot of different strategies and agendas in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400.
Those trying to lock down their spot in the Chase may try to take a more conservative approach to the 400 laps and hope to come out of RIR with a decent finish to secure their place in the post-season line-up.
The group at the top of the standings with nothing to lose will no doubt go all out for a trip to victory lane and the coveted bonus points that go along with the checkered flag and apply to the Chase seedings.
And of course the drivers still on the outside looking in will employ a no holds barred plan in a last ditch effort to crack the top twelve and steal a Chase position away in the final regular season race of the season.
The myriad of story lines is what makes this annual September trip top Richmond so interesting. It is truly one of the most unpredictable races of the season and trying to figure out who will do well is almost as complicated as predicting the order of finish at a Daytona or Talladgea restrictor plate race.
In its five years, the Chase has provided some intriguing moments and the 2009 edition is going to be one of the most dramatic.
Jeff Gordon - He used to own Richmond and needs a win to get up the Chase seeding ladder so watch for the 24 car in front Saturday night.
Clint Bowyer - His Chase chances are over but RCR is looking for a shot in the arm similar to what Kevin Harvick gave the team in Atlanta. Bowyer loves Richmond and should have a solid night.
Martin Truex Jr. - Days at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing are winding down and Truex Jr. will be motivated to make up for last week's disappointment at Atlanta when he had a strong car for at least some of the night.
Bobby Labonte - A resurgence last week at Atlanta in a start for the TRG team has this veteran out to prove there's still something left in the tank and that a ride in 2010 should be offered.
David Gilliland - This week he gets a shot in Robby Gordon's ride and Gilliland, bounced out of TRG and solid last week for the Wood Brothers in Atlanta, is also driving for his Sprint Cup future.