Might be the top 4 right now, with everyone else bunched closely from 5th to 11th. Kenseth got the win but is still stuck in 12th. Gordon has three top 3's in a row and is still 42 points out of the lead.
The summer Daytona race finished quite a bit similar, with a big wreck on the last lap. Sad thing is, one driver's mistake (Tony) leads to 25 cars being torn to pieces and most unhappy about their day. Encouraged, to an extent, the speed the 88 showed, in leading a bit, and getting the lap back under green, and driving back to the top 5, even if the help disappeared. Really wouldn't have mattered much given the way the whole field was wrecked. Only guy not running in the back to get through was Kenseth. (And oh, how I hate the ride in the back routine... here's looking at you, Denny, Brad and Jimmie)
The solution NASCAR doesn't want to hear is unrestricting the engines, or at least loosening the current limits. They are afraid of the 200MPH barrier, so they won't do it, but if everyone had to lift in the corners to stay under control, the packs would break apart, and it would be 1990 all over again. Those cars had plates, but drivers still found themselves separated from the field. Granted the car of 1990 was far boxier than more recent models. Barring that, the package from about 2000-2004 would work, though some of those years they experimented with smaller fuel cells in an attempt to force more field separation by pitstops. In 2002, there was a caution free race at Talladega. In 2003, the field was split way apart partly due fuel mileage, leading to Biffle's first career win. 2004 had a pass for the lead at Daytona without help, with the field spread so far apart it was up to 1st & 2nd, with a lap down car trying to help Stewart but he was passed anyway.
I don't think the COT car helped the plate tracks much, nor the EFI. Might be interesting to see what the new 2013 cars will do.
On to Charlotte. Where I about expect the 48 to win the race. Get into fuel mileage in the end, look for HMS to run dry again. Fuel mileage races have favored BK this year. The title chase is almost turning into BK's to lose. Though all it takes is one bit of bad luck and the field is bunched up again.