Can Brad Keselowski or Kevin Harvick recover? Who is the big winner in the Danica Patrick-Kurt Busch crew chief swap? Can winless Matt Kenseth or Ryan Newman really win the title? Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. maintain his winning ways without Steve Letarte?
A grand jury no-billed Tony Stewart in the incident that killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. last month at a dirt track in New York. It's the end of that phase of the story, but it's not really a happy one for anyone.
Is Watkins Glen safe for NASCAR? Should Cup drivers stop dabbling in other series for recreation? Bigger surprise: Kyle Larson making the Chase or Kasey Kahne missing it? Will two first-time winners make an impact in the playoffs?