By adding a 13th driver -- Jeff Gordon -- to the 2013 Chase, NASCAR did the best thing it could under these chaotic circumstances.
Does Matt Kenseth truly believe he can win this thing? Will Jimmie Johnson flip the switch and the lights come on? How motivated is wildest of wild-cards Ryan Newman? Ed Hinton breaks down the Chase.
Joey Logano is on the verge of making his first Chase. Defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski is on the verge of elimination. But their goal remains unchanged: a title for Penske Racing.
Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday's race at Phoenix favored by many to win his sixth Cup championship in seven years. Amazing how he slipped so suddenly to such an afterthought.
NASCAR is funny. You can clip an oil line and finish 10th -- hello, Jimmie Johnson -- or make the wrong call and get hammered. Don't underestimate it, because the arithmetic of March adds up.
Just call it New Hampshire Motor Weirdway. Where a teenager can drive like a roughed-up rookie one moment and be celebrating in Victory Lane the next.
Oh, to be 50 in the Sprint Cup Series. It's not about chasing points -- or titles. It's about driving a fast race car for the sheer joy of it. Mark Martin is in a happy place.
Wendell Scott crossed the color barrier in NASCAR in 1961. Now 47 years later, there are still hurdles on the way to NASCAR's stated goal of diversifying the sport, writes Ed Hinton.