Jeremy Mayfield is awfully upbeat for a driver sitting 34th in points and almost mathematically eliminated from Chase contention, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Despite qualifying 32nd in Homestead, Jimmie Johnson's not panicking. He knows he has a car capable of getting to the front.
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.
The Chase drivers who took a hit at Talladaga are doing their best to view the race as a temporary setback.
It's still too early to panic, but the Chase drivers who stumbled in Dover learned that one poor run could have a big impact in the point standings.
Sure, winning is nice, but the best way to make gains in the Chase is to stay out ot wrecks and post consistent finishes.
Every point is precious this weekend in Richmond, but no one on the Chase bubble is thinking about points. They're all trying to win.
Whether he makes the Chase or not, Carl Edwards won't stop having fun -- or doing all he can to win more races.