One victory, that's all the difference. Sure, Richard Petty Motorsports was climbing out of a hole and on the rise, but Aric Almirola's victory last season -- and Chase berth -- made a big difference you can see now.
Rico Abreu is a little person. He has raced big race cars for three years. After his Chili Bowl win, is he ready to get off the dirt tracks and make it into NASCAR? Plenty -- including Chip Ganassi -- seem to think so.
Kurt Busch alleges his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin. Patricia Driscoll counters that her ex-boyfriend "needs help." Taking a backseat to all this craziness: domestic violence and a 10-year-old boy named Houston.
Remember the 2010 Sprint Cup season? When Denny Hamlin owned a commanding Chase lead with two races to go, only to squander his shot at a title? Well, Hamlin has a message for you: He's over it, writes Ryan McGee.
Brad Keselowski tried to race the way his critics wanted him to race. He ended up missing the Chase a year after winning a Cup championship. Well, Bad Brad is back, driving the only way he knows how, writes Ryan McGee.