Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday's race at Phoenix favored by many to win his sixth Cup championship in seven years. Amazing how he slipped so suddenly to such an afterthought.
American flights of F1 fancy have come and gone through the years. Add up the forces against the upstart USGPE team in Charlotte, and this too shall pass.
Jeff Gordon's Duel win comes with an asterisk, but he'll take it. The four-time champ's first trip to Victory Lane since October 2007 was long overdue.