Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
16hJohn Oreovicz

Joey Logano's ride looking smoother after Talladega win

Joey Logano said he learned a lot after becoming Public Enemy No. 1 in last year's playoffs. He and his team showed it Sunday with a smooth victory at Talladega, writes John Oreovicz.

Logano: 'It's fun to win a clutch race like that' (0:47)
Craven sizes up the final eight (1:15)
Logano holds off the field to tame Talladega (1:38)
Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Sprint Cup standings

Joey Logano leads final eight into Chase with win at Talladega.

Jerry Markland/Getty Images
3dJohn Oreovicz

Risk vs. reward is trite but true at Talladega

Figuring out the risk vs. reward equation is vital at Talladega. For the drivers with a long-shot chance to advance in the Chase -- such as Chase Elliott -- high risk is certain.

Stephen Furst/IconSportswire
2dRicky Craven

Vagaries of Talladega tax every driver heavily

Drivers usually spend their time thinking about winning. They'll think about that -- and risk Sunday at Talladega. Here's to a safe and productive race, if that's possible, writes Ricky Craven.

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
4dBob Pockrass

Teammates may really matter at Talladega on Sunday

Having teammates will not have been more important all season than Sunday at Talladega. What does driver and owner Tony Stewart expect? Don't expect a calm and peaceful time, writes Bob Pockrass.

Chris Graythen/Getty Images
5dBob Pockrass

Chase for the Sprint Cup 2016: Breaking down the bubble

There are 12 drivers in the Chase, but four of them will be out after Talladega. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick will advance. The "Big One" looms large for the rest, writes Bob Pockrass.

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Power Rankings: 48 leads into Talladega

Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the two drivers definitely through to the next round of the Chase as racers head for an unpredictable weekend at Talladega. And they also happen to be 1-2 in the Power Rankings.

Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR/Getty Images
8dJohn Oreovicz

Kevin Harvick just wins again, baby

Late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis coined the phrase, "Just win, baby." As he showed again Sunday at Kansas, nobody does it better than Kevin Harvick in this Chase format, writes John Oreovicz.

Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR/Getty Images

Harvick wins at Kansas to reach next round of Chase

Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, going to the front on a late restart and outrunning Carl Edwards to lock up his spot in the next round of the Chase.

Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Turn 4: Can Jimmie Johnson crack the century mark?

Will No. 48 hit the century mark? Who won't advance to the next round of the Chase? Did RCR do the right thing in extending Ryan Newman? What do Jimmie Johnson's struggles say for NASCAR?

Jeff Curry/Getty Images
9dJohn Oreovicz

Kenseth just one story to watch at Kansas

Matt Kenseth and the Toyota gang have plenty to smile about ahead of Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. Will they leave there happy? John Oreovicz breaks down what to watch for.

AP Photo/Orlin Wagner
9dMatthew Willis

DFS NASCAR: Top values for Kansas

Matthew Willis provides the best strategies and top value plays in DFS for Sunday's Kansas race.

Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images
9dJohn Oreovicz

Kansas could be a Chase dream-killer before Talladega

Restrictor-plate racing is always going to make the outcome unpredictable, but Kansas could eliminate some title hopefuls just as easily, which makes this weekend critical to some.

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Kurt Busch to use backup car after practice spin

Kurt Busch had a tire go down in the final seconds of the last practice session for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas, sending his car spinning down the track and into the front-stretch grass.

Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Ky. Busch wins third straight Kansas Xfinity race

Kyle Busch won his third straight Xfinity race at Kansas on Saturday, while Chase contenders Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez followed him to the line to help their championship hopes.

Jerry Markland/Getty Images

JJ on Stewart-Haas: 'We didn't share their data'

Hendrick Motorsports GM Doug Duchardt clarified that Stewart-Haas did in fact share information with HMS in the wake of Jimmie Johnson's comments stating otherwise.

Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images
13dBob Pockrass

President Brad Keselowski?

Brad Keselowski doesn't mind sharing his opinion. Will he do it more as part of the Sprint Cup drivers council? Somebody likely has to step up for the retiring Tony Stewart, writes Bob Pockrass.

Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images

Power Rankings: Look who's back!

Was it a one-race blip or is Jimmie Johnson ready to roll? Whatever Sunday's win at Charlotte showed, it was enough to put "Six-time" atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

AP Photo/NKP, Nigel Kinrade
13dMatt Willis

DFS NASCAR - Drivers to build around at Kansas

NASCAR heads to Kansas as the playoffs continue and drivers jockey for position in the Chase. Matt Willis provides the top drivers for your daily fantasy lineups for this week's race.

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
14dBob Pockrass

Rundown: Chase math changed when Denny Hamlin blew up

Denny Hamlin's car went up in smoke late in the race at Charlotte, and that changed the face of the Chase very quickly. Bob Pockrass writes about that and more in the Monday Rundown.

Matt Hazlett/Getty Images/Texas Motor Speedways
14dJohn Oreovicz

Roger Penske and his IndyCar team keep getting better

Roger Penske had a very good week. First he celebrated another IndyCar Series championship, then capped it off by signing Josef Newgarden, the hottest young driver in the series.

Sean Gardner/Getty Images
14dBob Pockrass

Ryan Newman signs extension with RCR

Ryan Newman will have more chances to win a Sprint Cup title for Richard Childress Racing after signing a contract extension.

Todd Warshaw/NASCAR/Getty Images
14dBob Pockrass

Dale Jr. pulling for Johnson to win Cup title

Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted he wants Jimmie Johnson to win the 2016 championship. The win would tie Johnson with Earnhardt's father and Richard Petty for the record of seven Cup titles.


Jay Adamczyk Jayski.com 

The reset Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings 1) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 4000 2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 4000 3) #4-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 4000 4) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 4000 5) #19-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 4000 6) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 4000 7) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 4000 8) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 4000

Jay Adamczyk Jayski.com 

#78-Martin Truex Jr., the Talladega pole winner, had an engine expire on lap 41 of the race finishing 40th/last. Truex is the first pole winner to finish last since Denny Hamlin won the pole at Atlanta in September 2010 and finished 43rd/last.