Don't blame Denny Hamlin if he wants to see the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski fail to advance in the Chase. He's done the math and is just being honest, writes Brant James.
Marcos Ambrose won't start on the pole at Watkins Glen; Jeff Gordon will. Ambrose will start second Sunday, but all eyes will be on him as the man who could truly shake up the race to the Chase, writes Brant James.
Parity ruled the first leg of the Sprint Cup schedule -- with seven different winners in the first seven races. But equilibrium has returned, which is good news for Chase hopefuls such as Matt Kenseth, Brant James writes.
There's some amusement over the new driver lineup at Stewart-Haas Racing. But Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick trust team owner and driver Tony Stewart to help them avoid becoming a circus.