Jimmie Johnson can become the first driver in NASCAR's modern era to win five straight races. But crew chief Chad Knaus has his eyes on the bigger prize: a second consecutive Cup title.
Jimmie Johnson is trying to become the first driver to win back-to-back Cup titles since Jeff Gordon did it in 1997-98. JJ's biggest obstacle? Jeff Gordon.
Jimmie Johnson held off good friend Jeff Gordon to win the spring race at Martinsville Speedway. But the gloves come off Sunday for Round 2, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
A good season can turn bad in a hurry if things go awry at Talladega. The crown jewel of Alabama has a mind of its own, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
With a couple of weeks of bad luck behind him, Kevin Harvick is back in the hunt for the Nextel Cup title. With treacherous Talladega looming, he has to hope his good fortune at Kansas holds, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
What's the secret to surviving 10 weeks of pressure-packed racing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup? 2006 champion Jimmie Johnson has the answer: Patience.
He said they're all special, but Rick Hendrick is eagerly awaiting that sixth title, and it could come this weekend, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Jimmie Johnson has a big Chase lead, leaving the rest of the pack hoping he falters at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Phoenix is one of the trickiest tracks on the Nextel Cup circuit, and that means a crucial Chase victory could fall to nearly anyone, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Matt Kenseth has a title, so he realizes he hasn't run well enough in recent weeks to win another one. But he says he still feels confident going into Phoenix, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
A softer tire is on drivers' minds heading into Saturday's race at Lowe's. The biggest variable? Night racing on a cooling track, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Things look tough for Hendrick team drivers Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, but both are set on putting Loudon behind them, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
What did drivers do during their summer vacation? Mark Ashenfelter writes that some relaxed. Kurt Busch? He made a lifetime commitment.
It might look like just another week on the schedule, but Michigan has become a place to kick off a title campaign, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
All eyes will be on Jimmie Johnson when the Coca-Cola 600 starts Sunday. And why not? He is the man to beat, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart running 1-2 isn't a big surprise for 2006, but there are plenty behind them, writes Mark Ashenfelter.