As you've probably heard by now, the Chase is the closest it's ever been between three drivers with three races remaining. Four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson leads Denny Hamlin by 14 points and Kevin Harvick by 38. So at this point, a tie isn't completely far-fetched. So what would happen if we had a tie in the final standings?
Here's how NASCAR's tiebreaking system works: Start with whoever has the most wins. If there's a tie there, it goes to seconds, then thirds and so forth.
There is no scenario for Harvick to be a part of a tiebreaker. With three wins, he'd have to win the final three races to match Johnson's six. If that were to happen, there is no way for those two to be tied in points and there's no way for Harvick to match Hamlin's seven wins.
However, there is still the possibility that Johnson and Hamlin could be tied.
Here is how the tiebreaker stacks up as of now:
Wins: Hamlin (7), Johnson (6)
Seconds: Johnson (2), Hamlin (2)
Thirds: Johnson (5), Hamlin (0)
What this means is if Johnson doesn't win another race and he and Hamlin are tied in points at the end of the season, Hamlin holds the edge as of now.
The last major racing series to have to go to a tiebreaker was the 2006 Izod IndyCar Series championship, where Sam Hornish beat out Dan Wheldon because Hornish had four victories to Wheldon's two.
Would you want to see the Sprint Cup title decided on a tiebreaker? And what if Johnson won his fifth straight championship because he had more third-place finishes than Hamlin?