With only two races in the books, it's still too early to separate the contenders from the pretenders. But we should know a lot more after Sunday's Cup race in Vegas.
Even though Tony Stewart has many distractions right now, Kevin Rounce still considers "Smoke" the favorite.
Christopher Harris looks at the second race on the Sprint Cup schedule, and says Carl Edwards is ready to break through for his first win at Fontana.
Scott Engel previews this weekend's 3M Performance 400 for ESPN.com's Stock Car Challenge.
Ryan Newman's wreck with Tony Stewart was one of impatience, and we might see more of it with Chase fever, writes Rusty Wallace.