With three races remaining in the season, for either driver to make up this amount of points would be nothing short of historic – a feat that hasn’t been done since 1990.
After the 1990 Mello Yello 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt sat 49 points behind Mark Martin. However, after finishes of 10th, first and third in the final three races, Earnhardt leapfrogged Martin to capture his fourth title.
But that was under the old points system. If the current points system was used in 1990, the total points Earnhardt would have had to overcome would have been roughly 12. This makes the points difference that Bowyer or Kahne need to overcome to win the championship the largest comeback since the inception of the current position-based points system in 1975.
Kahne has found Victory Lane at two of the three tracks remaining on the schedule. He won at Texas in 2006 and has five top-10 finishes. Last year, he won in the fall Phoenix race and also has five top 10s at the one-mile track.
Bowyer has yet to win in the series at any of three remaining tracks, but he has runner-up finishes at Texas and Phoenix.