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.
Clint Bowyer's storybook ending likely will have to wait. Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski have their own script in mind: a two-car dogfight that won't be settled until Homestead.
Brad Keselowski may have done more than just take a three-point lead over Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Cup. After all, it ain't easy rattling the five-time champ.
Denny Hamlin is starting the Chase on top and Clint Bowyer is entering the postseason with a win at Richmond. Add in Martin Truex Jr. and this is Toyota's best chance yet to win a title.
After all the rotten luck in 2012, the missteps and the mechanical breakdowns, Jeff Gordon -- the senior statesman of NASCAR -- is back in the game.
Pairing the teams of Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was supposed to pay dividends for Junior's No. 88 team. It's done that and more, and now the 88 crew is paying that back to Johnson's 48.
Kyle Busch won on Friday and won again Saturday. The first came as a Nationwide owner and thanks to brother Kurt. The Cup win as a driver? Know when to take a gift and run with it.
The crash-free Cup race at Texas was a promoter's worst nightmare. How bad was it? TMS boss Eddie Gossage faces the biggest challenge of his career, Ed Hinton writes.
NASCAR is funny. You can clip an oil line and finish 10th -- hello, Jimmie Johnson -- or make the wrong call and get hammered. Don't underestimate it, because the arithmetic of March adds up.
Denny Hamlin conquered a personal demon in taming Phoenix International Raceway, a track that had haunted him since his failed championship run in 2010.
Let's not hand the Sprint Cup trophy to Tony Stewart just yet. We tried to give the championship to Denny Hamlin with two races to go in 2010 -- and look what happened.
Brian Vickers seemingly was involved in all 18 cautions thrown Sunday at Martinsville. His back-and-forth with Matt Kenseth ended up hurting Jimmie Johnson most.
The flaw in NASCAR's Chase format is the lack of an elimination system. Some drivers should be put out of their misery. Guess who Ed Hinton thinks that should be after Chicagoland.
Denny Hamlin drove his heart out to get the Cup victory Monday at Martinsville Speedway. But give some credit to Matt Kenseth, whose run-in with Jeff Gordon opened the door.
It seemed just like old times Sunday when Jeff Gordon was dominating and there was nothing anyone could do about it. Then Jimmie Johnson and crew put everybody back in the present.
What have we learned after two races in the Sprint Cup Series? With Kevin Harvick leading the charge, Richard Childress Racing is back in a big way.