Jimmie Johnson believed this was his year. That's why the pain he's feeling now is much more piercing than anything he's felt in the past.
Although none of his drivers were able to win the big prize, Jack Roush knows the pieces are in place to win several titles down the road.
Tony Stewart's '02 title run was beset by struggle and strife. This time around, he and the No. 20 were able to fully enjoy the ride.
Despite qualifying 32nd in Homestead, Jimmie Johnson's not panicking. He knows he has a car capable of getting to the front.
By going out and winning the Homestead pole, Carl Edwards reminded everyone that there are more than just two drivers racing for the Cup title.
The title's not Tony Stewart's yet. In fact, his lead over Jimmie Johnson isn't as commanding as it might appear on the surface.
Tony Stewart's been careful not to put himself in harm's away. Some may call his approach "points racing." He calls it common sense.
Kurt Busch displayed all he's been taught by crew chief Jimmy Fennig in Sunday's Nextel Cup finale.
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon just fell short in their title quests. But Rick Hendrick was proud of them.
Jack Roush used to wait for the other shoe to drop. Now, he might own a second Cup title on Sunday.
Rick Hendrick returned to the track for the first time since losing 10 in a plane crash and spoke powerfully.
For Chase drivers no longer in the title hunt, a top 10 finish may not feel as good as it used to.
Greg Biffle thought he had some salve for a rough season. But guess who knocked him off the pole?
Kurt Busch showed a flair for the dramatic with Friday's pole win. He's not the only reason fans gasped.
At some tracks, qualifying's not very telling. But at Homestead-Miami, the title may hinge on Friday.
Homestead-Miami Speedway goes from yawner to NASCAR star this Sunday. Here's what to expect.