Clint Bowyer has some serious business to attend to Saturday night, a little thing about making the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Will the Nationwide Series leader's pursuers catch a break? Don't count on it, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Chase Miller will be looking to make a name for himself in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky -- but not if points leader Clint Bowyer and the boys have their say, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Denny Hamlin made the Chase in 2007, but it didn't go well after that. Figuring he gained some valuable experience, he's ready to gear it up again in 2008, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Martin Truex Jr. drove in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shadow in 2007. No longer. Now that Junior's out of the DEI picture, writes Mark Ashenfelter, all eyes are on Truex.
Elliott Sadler is his own greatest critic. But the Gillett Evernham Motorsports driver has stopped beating up on himself, even after back-to-back mediocre seasons, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Jimmie Johnson can become the first driver in NASCAR's modern era to win five straight races. But crew chief Chad Knaus has his eyes on the bigger prize: a second consecutive Cup title.
Kyle Busch's parting gift for Rick Hendrick? How about a 1-2-3 HMS sweep in the final Chase standings?
His Chase dreams are all but dead, but Jeff Burton has an opportunity Sunday to do what no other Cup driver has done: win three times at Texas Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson held off good friend Jeff Gordon to win the spring race at Martinsville Speedway. But the gloves come off Sunday for Round 2, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Martin Truex Jr. began the Chase with sky-high expectations. How could things go so wrong so quickly?
Denny Hamlin figures his Chase hopes are all but done, even after a fourth-place finish at Talladega. What does that mean for Hamlin on race day? He has nothing to lose, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
A good season can turn bad in a hurry if things go awry at Talladega. The crown jewel of Alabama has a mind of its own, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
It may be a so-called "cookie-cutter" track on paper, but Kansas Speedway presents special challenges for Sunday's Chase racers, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
What's the secret to surviving 10 weeks of pressure-packed racing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup? 2006 champion Jimmie Johnson has the answer: Patience.
He's not flashy, but he's consistent. And consistency is why Matt Kenseth has locked up a Chase spot every year since the new playoff format came to life in 2004, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Are you new to the Chase for the Championship or a longtime fan? Either way, Mark Ashenfelter has you covered with 12 things you need to know.