11/5 TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY Fort Worth, Texas
11/12 PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Avondale, Ariz.
11/19 HOMESTEAD- MIAMI SPEEDWAY Homestead, Fla.
LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: The Lowe's Motor Speedway track was levigated (smoothed with a diamond grinder) before the fall race. The surface was faster than the cars' tires could handle, and 42 of 43 teams had tire-related problems. Is a repeat on tap? Also keep an eye on Jimmie Johnson, who has won four in row at Charlotte.
22 BIG NUMBER: Caution flags in last May's Coca-Cola 600, the most ever. At 5:15 the race was also the longest since '60.
RICHMOND INTERNATIONALL RACEWAY
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: Expect plenty of paint-trading and hot tempers during this Saturday night race as the drivers get their final shot at a position in the 2006 Chase. One driver to keep a close eye on is Jamie McMurray, who missed out on a spot in the Top 10 in each of the last two years by a combined 98 points.
10 BIG NUMBER: Drivers not yet ensured a spot in the Chase field who entered the 2005 Richmond race still mathematically in contention.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: Avoiding the Big One is the objective at Talladega. With NASCAR-mandated carburetor restrictor plates keeping speeds down, the cars run in huge packs, inches apart--making Talladega one of the most nerve-racking races on the circuit, especially for Chase contenders, who have far more to lose than gain.
5 BIG NUMBER: Spots Mark Martin fell in the points standings after his number 6 Ford was caught up in a seven-car accident on Lap 19 of the race. He would finish 41st.