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.
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.
Whether the drivers are to blame remains to be seen, but it seems certain that there will be a lot of twisted sheet metal this weekend in Dover, Del.
The NASCAR playoffs are here, and all 10 of the Chase participants have the same goal: begin with a bang.