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Best at Dover
Worst at California
It's been a magical year for NASCAR's onetime enfant terrible. Now a mature professional, Stewart took over a moribund Haas outfit and turned it into a powerhouse in less than a year. Yes, his team's gotten a boost from Hendrick, but Stewart has been driving his fanny off since he finished eighth at Daytona on opening day. About the only thing counting against him is Johnson's record of dominance.
3. Carl Edwards
Regular-season finish 8th
Wins 0 / Top 5s 7 / Top 10s 11
Best at Texas
Worst at New Hampshire
The preseason favorite to win it all after he took a series-high nine races a year ago, Edwards has been a disappointment. He's struggled all year to stay consistent, and his 37th-place finish on Sept. 6 at Atlanta, one of his favorite tracks, has to be a cause for concern. Still, more than any other driver, he's proved that he has the stuff to challenge Johnson on the Chase's crucial 1.5-mile ovals.
4. Mark Martin