Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been to the Chase party before. But performance breeds confidence, and Junior's performance in 2012 has been championship caliber.
Joe Gibbs was still a presence in NASCAR while he coached the Washington Redskins, but talk around the garage Tuesday centered around what a plus his return will be for NASCAR, his race team and Toyota, writes David Newton.
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.
When Joe Gibbs returned to the gridiron, he left his racing business to son J.D., who has proved up to the task of running a multicar Cup organization.