Time to put all the off-the-track drama in the rearview. We've got a Cup race to run Sunday on the tricky 1-mile oval in the desert that separates the pretenders from the contenders.
It's been one heckuva week for Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, "Harlem Shake" video included. The fun continues Saturday -- in a Nationwide Series car at Phoenix.
What can we expect as NASCAR teams test the new "Gen 6" Sprint Cup cars this week at Daytona? Oh, there'll be intrigue. And lots of it.
Jeff Gordon was among drivers who said they wouldn't want to race on the same track with a driver who failed a drug test. He'll likely get to make that choice next week.
In Phoenix, Tony Stewart will follow the same strategy he's used all along. If he doesn't have the car to win, he won't force the issue.
On the strength of back-to-back wins, Carl Edwards is now a real threat to steal the title away from Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.
Sure, every Chase driver wants to win Sunday's race. But avoiding trouble and having a solid points day are the bigger priorities.
Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson have emerged as the drivers to beat in the Chase. But neither is the clear favorite in Atlanta.
Mark Martin has one of the better track records at Martinsville Speedway. Yet he would rather be almost anywhere else this weekend.
Already holding a comfortable lead in the Chase, Tony Stewart enters Charlotte with momentum and history on his side.
Last year, in the inaugural Chase, the atmosphere was intense. So far in 2005, the focus is more on retaliation, rules and wrecks than on winning a title.
Jimmie Johnson has been under fire since Talladega. Will the increased scrutiny affect his approach, and performance, in Kansas?
The Chase drivers who took a hit at Talladaga are doing their best to view the race as a temporary setback.
The title contenders who ran into trouble at Talladega can take some degree of solace in knowing that their misery had plenty of company.
Will positive thinking lead to positive results at Talladega? The 10 drivers in this year's Chase certainly hope so.
After two Chase races, no one's jumping to conclusions. Talladega's up next, and the seemingly inevitable "Big One" could change everything.