The further we get into the Chase, the more it's shaping up to be a classic duel between new rivals Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.
The title contenders who ran into trouble at Talladega can take some degree of solace in knowing that their misery had plenty of company.
Title contenders Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon had very different days at Bristol on Saturday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected to be among the title contenders in 2003, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Sure, winning is nice, but the best way to make gains in the Chase is to stay out ot wrecks and post consistent finishes.
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.
Jeff Burton is eager to return to the times when he was a leading contender for the title.