Marcos Ambrose won't start on the pole at Watkins Glen; Jeff Gordon will. Ambrose will start second Sunday, but all eyes will be on him as the man who could truly shake up the race to the Chase, writes Brant James.
The results -- two top-10 finishes, six top-20s and a significant improvement in qualifying -- say Danica Patrick is making strides. Her crew chief thinks a top-5 -- and even a win -- could be just around the corner.
Parity ruled the first leg of the Sprint Cup schedule -- with seven different winners in the first seven races. But equilibrium has returned, which is good news for Chase hopefuls such as Matt Kenseth, Brant James writes.