Jeremy Mayfield is awfully upbeat for a driver sitting 34th in points and almost mathematically eliminated from Chase contention, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Jeremy Mayfield is staying upbeat despite a season quickly unraveling as he heads to the Texas race, writes Rupen Fofaria.
It's not easy being a crew chief for Ray Evernham, who's looking to reinvent the way his teams are structured.
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.
After a rough day in Atlanta, three Chase drivers are now faced with the prospect of riding out the string knowing the title is out of their reach.
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.
Jeremy Mayfield has the first step down: making the Chase. But if he's going to make a serious title run, he and his team must raise the bar.
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.