It can be argued the Nextel Cups season breaks into three parts. If it does, the second season -- Chasing the Chase -- is here, writes Rupen Fofaria.
There have been plenty of ups and downs this season, but it finally looks like Carl Edwards is ready to go on a roll, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Kurt Busch says he's ready to make up some ground in the Chase now that he's feeling better about his new team, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Want to know pressure? Try being Kyle Busch, one of the youngest -- and most reviled -- drivers in NASCAR, writes Rupen Fofaria.
The Busch brothers often take heat, but the garage chatter is louder than usual coming out of Texas, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Kurt Busch won Sunday by bumping Matt Kenseth out of the way. Kenseth should have expected it, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Is it too early to talk about the points standings? Maybe, but there's reason for concern if you're already way behind, writes Rupen Fofaria.
You think NASCAR is just play? Not when there's a friendly wager, or even a Beer War, going on, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Ryan Newman is the elder statesman on the Penske team. That could work well with Kurt Busch in the fold, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Although none of his drivers were able to win the big prize, Jack Roush knows the pieces are in place to win several titles down the road.
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.