The 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series had four key players.
The scene could change for 2019, however.
The Big Four group from last season might have some interesting additions this season.
Looking Back at the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Big Four
The group of drivers won 23 of 36 races, earning the Big Four moniker along the way.
As expected, the Big Four advanced to the playoffs' Final Four, with Logano ultimately taking the championship.
Ford and Toyota, led by Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing are the cars to beat.
These three teams combined for an impressive ten cars inside the top 12 of the points standings.
Harvick, Busch, Truex Jr. and Logano have combined for four of the last five Cup Series championships.
Going into 2019, expectations were high for the Big Four.
While three of the four are in the points standings, they haven't been as dominant.
Harvick is still winless 11 races into the season.
Truex Jr., meanwhile is going through some growing pains following his move to Joe Gibbs Racing.
The 2017 champion is sixth in points, with one win.
Hamlin sits third in points with two victories, while Keselowski is fifth with the same number of wins.
Both drivers have been title contenders in recent years.
Keselowski made it to the Final Four in 2017, while Hamlin did so in 2014.
Predicting the Championship Picture
We are only 11 races into the season, roughly a third of the schedule.
However, it's safe to say that these six drivers will likely make it to the Round of 8 in the playoffs.
Busch has been the man to beat so far.
While Logano only has one win, the reigning champion's consistency inside the top 5 is paying off.
Hamlin has bounced back from a disappointing winless season in 2018.
The Joe Gibbs driver, however, does not have a particularly good record when it comes to championship contention.
Harvick is still looking for his first win of the season.
The 2014 champion, much like his Stewart-Haas teammates, has had a rough start.
But Harvick rises to the occasion when needed, so he is still one of the favorites.
Keselowski has struggled for consistency, but his ability to deliver big results could prove decisive in the playoffs.
Truex Jr. needs to get going with Joe Gibbs.
After enjoying success with satellite operation Furniture Row, the 2017 champion hasn't found his footing with Gibbs.
It's still early days in the season though, so it's perfectly possible for the #78 to bounce back.
Pay attention to title outsider Chase Elliott.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver finished fifth in 2017 and narrowly missed out on the top 4 last year.
Elliott is the best performing Chevrolet driver this season.
Should the manufacturer's form improve, he could show up as a dark horse.
2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Championship Odds
|Busch, Kyle||+225||Bet Now|
|Harvick, Kevin||+600||Bet Now|
|Logano, Joey||+600||Bet Now|
|Truex Jr, Martin||+600||Bet Now|
|Keselowski, Brad||+800||Bet Now|
|Elliott, Chase||+1100||Bet Now|
|Blaney, Ryan||+1300||Bet Now|
|Hamlin, Denny||+1500||Bet Now|
|Bowyer, Clint||+2000||Bet Now|
|Busch, Kurt||+2000||Bet Now|
|Larson, Kyle||+2000||Bet Now|
|Almirola, Aric||+2500||Bet Now|
|Johnson, Jimmie||+2500||Bet Now|
|Jones, Erik||+3000||Bet Now|
|Suarez, Daniel||+6000||Bet Now|
|Dillon, Austin||+8000||Bet Now|
|Bowman, Alex||+10000||Bet Now|
|Byron, William||+10000||Bet Now|
|Stenhouse Jr, Ricky||+10000||Bet Now|
|Menard, Paul||+20000||Bet Now|
|Newman, Ryan||+20000||Bet Now|
|Buescher, Chris||+100000||Bet Now|
|DiBenedetto, Matt||+100000||Bet Now|
|Dillon, Ty||+100000||Bet Now|
|Hemric, Daniel||+100000||Bet Now|
|Preece, Ryan||+100000||Bet Now|
|Ragan, David||+200000||Bet Now|
|Wallace, Bubba||+200000||Bet Now|
|McDowell, Michael||+250000||Bet Now|
|LaJoie, Corey||+350000||Bet Now|
|Tifft, Matt||+350000||Bet Now|
|Cassill, Landon||+500000||Bet Now|
|Ware, Cody||+500000||Bet Now|
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