Clint Bowyer was the points runner-up in 2012, and though didn't win a race in 2013, he was consistent enough to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and teammate Martin Truex Jr. was on the cusp of the Chase. What happened: At Richmond, in the final race before the "playoff" stretch, MWR vice president Ty Norris ordered MWR driver Brian Vickers to the pits and Bowyer was accused of intentionally spinning out to manipulate the points. MWR was heavily fined, Norris suspended and Truex's sponsor, NAPA, announced it would not renew with MWR. Subsequently, Truex was told he could look elsewhere for a 2014 ride and MWR employees were told this week the organization will field only two cars next year. Kevin Harvick: What the story was: Before the 2013 began, Harvick confirmed he'd be leaving Richard Childress Racing at season's end but put a happy face on that and assured it would be competitive. "It's been a great journey," Harvick said. "Change can be bad but for the most part, when you have change, the enthusiasm level goes through the roof and you want to do well. ... Sometimes you just want a change of pace and that's just kind of where I was." What happened: Harvick has three wins this season, most recently at Kansas two weeks ago, and is third in points. Brad Keslowski: What the story was: Keselowski was the surprise winner of the 2012 Sprint Cup, but once you dug beyond the surface, maybe it was less surprising. He had four wins in 89 starts coming into the season and there was a growing sense that crew chief home page Paul Wolfe and he were becoming a tandem with Jimmie Johnson-Chad Knaus potential. "I'm not content to be a guy that wins one championship and goes away.