Tony Stewart: As long as there is Smoke, there always will be fire.
Juan Pablo Montoya: It has been a long time since he has had the view from the front.
Jeff Gordon: Closing in on top 10 in points.
Joey Logano: His Nationwide win at Dover (Del.) is his first victory for team owner Roger Penske.
Kyle Busch: Still the king of the Truck series.
Toyota engines: If reliability issues aren’t dealt with, then they easily could cost the manufacturer its first Cup title.
Denny Hamlin: His long-shot Chase hopes took a hard hit at Dover.
Jimmie Johnson: He clearly jumped the restart, but NASCAR usually has gone out of its way not to make that call of late.
Elliott Sadler: Losing ground in the Nationwide title hunt.
- Jim Utter
THIS WEEK'S RACE
Party in the Poconos 400
What: 160 laps or 400 miles
Where: Pocono Raceway, a 2.5-mile, paved, flat, triangular-shaped track in Long Pond, Pa.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Radio: Motor Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Joey Logano
Also this week: WinStar World Casino 400K, Truck Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 9 p.m. Friday, Speed.
• Pioneer 250, Nationwide Series, Iowa Speedway, 8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.
Worth mentioning: TNT begins its six-week “Summer Series” run of broadcasting Sprint Cup Series races this weekend. TNT will include behind-the-scenes content featuring a select driver and his or her team each week along with special off the track segments and more.