It was a win-win scenario for Richard Childress Racing at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Clint Bowyer or Kevin Harvick? It didn't matter.
You want a great reason to watch Sunday's race at Atlanta? It may just be the best Chase preview we could have.
If the finishing order looks anything like the starting grid at New Hampshire on Sunday -- and it just might -- the Chase will get a heck of a shakeup out of the likes of Jeff Gordon.
By adding a 13th driver -- Jeff Gordon -- to the 2013 Chase, NASCAR did the best thing it could under these chaotic circumstances.
Does Matt Kenseth truly believe he can win this thing? Will Jimmie Johnson flip the switch and the lights come on? How motivated is wildest of wild-cards Ryan Newman? Ed Hinton breaks down the Chase.
NASCAR did the right thing by penalizing Michael Waltrip Racing for trying to manipulate the outcome of the Richmond race. But did the governing body do enough?
For Ryan Newman, not even joining Richard Childress Racing after five years of intermittent discussions could ease the sting of "the toughest thing I've ever gone through in any kind of racing in my 30 years of driving."
Carl Edwards won the regular-season finale Saturday night at Richmond. But much of the postrace buzz -- did Clint Bowyer intentionally spin to help a teammate? -- had little to do with Victory Lane.
Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday's race at Phoenix favored by many to win his sixth Cup championship in seven years. Amazing how he slipped so suddenly to such an afterthought.
Fights like the one last week between the crews of Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon aren't an everyday occurrence in NASCAR, but when they happen, they sure can be memorable.
Clint Bowyer's storybook ending likely will have to wait. Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski have their own script in mind: a two-car dogfight that won't be settled until Homestead.
Are Brad Keselowski and Paul Wolfe really the new Jimmie and Chad? What's in store at Martinsville? Does the Chase points system need an overhaul? Ed Hinton wonders ...
Clint Bowyer could be in prime position to benefit most from the great Chase equalizer -- Talladega. The big three -- Keselowski, Johnson, Hamlin -- had better take notice.
Every Chase driver has a story, but only one driver's 2012 chapter ends with a championship. In our man's opinion, some stories would be better than others.
Many people didn't take Michael Waltrip's foray into team ownership seriously in 2007. With both his full-time drivers in the Chase, now's a good time to own up to that misjudgment.
Denny Hamlin is starting the Chase on top and Clint Bowyer is entering the postseason with a win at Richmond. Add in Martin Truex Jr. and this is Toyota's best chance yet to win a title.