Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been to the Chase party before. But performance breeds confidence, and Junior's performance in 2012 has been championship caliber.
The driver of the NASCAR No. 48 car is in a pole-position for a fifth-straight title.
Think folks will remember what Kyle Busch accomplished in 2008? Without a doubt ... but for all the wrong reasons, writes David Newton.
Nextel Cup drivers and NFL players for the Carolina Panthers have formed close friendships over the years, but the bond between driver Casey Mears and quarterback David Carr goes back further.
Tony Stewart is happy he won, happy with his team and happy he has some time off. Winning at Chicagoland -- and a pep talk from team owner Joe Gibbs -- will do that for you, writes David Newton.
Phantom cautions to tighten up a race for a good finish? The conspiracy theories are out there. Rusty Wallace got a behind-the-scenes look at how NASCAR makes its calls.