Even though it's not over this year, it practically is. The Sprint Cup is sprinting to the end of the series, with Jimmie Johnson in a very commanding lead, which he will not relinquish this year, unless he really does poorly in Florida this upcoming weekend. This will be his 3rd straight Cup championship, which puts him in a very small club. He is ahead by 141 points this time around, which is hard to lose in just one race. So we turn towards next year. After all, the Daytona 500 is only a couple months away; it happens in mid-February. So that's only a little while for us to catch our breaths. Who are the players to watch for? Jeff Burton will probably be hoping for a comeback. Of course, Johnson will be looking to defend his championship. But the up-and-coming racers are Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, who have improved immensely this year. They each have several winning races under their belt, though not only from the Sprint Cup, but also from the Truck Series and others. This doesn't count in the Driver of the Year awards or anything, but it bodes well for them next year. We in NASCARLand hold our collective breaths for next year. If you don't want to miss a race, get your 2009 NASCAR tickets today!