Every one of the 36 points races on the Sprint Cup schedule are worth the same number of points. However not all races are truly equal in the minds of the drivers, fans and media. Here are the biggest races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

5.Federated Auto Parts 400

The second Richmond race in September is the final race before The Chase for The Cup begins. This race shifts the focus from the battle to win the race and moves it to the battle to make The Chase.

The pressure is on as there are usually three or four drivers battling for that final Chase spot. Drivers that make it suddenly have a shot at the Championship while the drivers that just miss can only start working on next year