1. The battle to get into NASCAR's Chase for the Cup remains as tight as ever. Twelve drivers qualify for the 10-race playoff: the top 10 in points after 26 races along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points. With five races left until the Chase starts, only 15 points separate
2. Look for the "race to the Chase" get even tighter this weekend. The Sprint Cup Series next heads to the curvy road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where anything can happen. The race also is a solid chance for Stewart — who's aiming for his fourth Cup title — to solidify his Chase chances. Stewart has the track record of five wins at Watkins Glen.
4. Dale Earnhardt is treading water, which is good for now. Earnhardt, another teammate of Gordon's and Kahne's at
5. Charlie Kimball finally gets his first IndyCar victory. The driver from Camarillo became the fourth first-time winner in the