See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Brad Keselowski inadvertently hit his crewmen on pit road and found himself 37th. So how did he rally to finish second? RJ Kraft explains ... Stu Hothem catches up with Jeff Gordon , who tied his best finish of the year on Sunday at Pocono by finishing third ... The Rundown takes a look at how every driver in the field performed. TUESDAY: This week's Power Rankings presented by Outback is sure to get a shakeup now that Matt Kenseth has two wins on the season ... It's Jeff Gordon 's birthday, and we're looking back at his career through photos ... Kathy Sheldon identifies Sprint Cup drivers at age 40 (or older), and what their careers look like. WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at Watkins Glen, and we'll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview ... The Glen provides the opportunity for an unknown to sneak out a win, and you can vote on who that might be in our winners poll ... High 5 presents the best NASCAR content from around the web. THURSDAY: Driver Reports highlights the 16 drivers currently on the Chase Grid, and how they fare at Watkins Glen ... We'll catch you back up on the nuances of road course qualifying ... This week's #TBT involves a man named Dale Earnhardt and a broken sternum. FRIDAY: The Sprint Cup Series gets on track at 9 a.m. ET, and we'll have full coverage from a busy day at the track ... 8 Tweets You Might Have Missed highlights the best from social media over the past week. Also coming this week: @nascarcasm has a busy week, including Matt Kenseth 's post-race Facebook page, and texts Jack Roush might have received after Darrell Wallace Jr . and Chris Buescher had another incident ... We'll give you the highlights of the weekend in GIF form ... Senior Writer Kenny Bruce heads to North Wilkesboro. Find out why.
Cautions foiled the No. 88 team's strategy in the Brickyard 400 RELATED: Power Rankings after Indianapolis " How all 43 drivers fared at the Brickyard Sunday's annual NASCAR stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway had a Murphy's Law quality to it for Dale Earnhardt Jr . But the 40-year-old driver, while frustrated, said that in the grand scheme of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points system, the run of Brickyard bad luck barely matters. Earnhardt described the set of circumstances that led to an unsavory 22nd-place finish at Indy in a sigh-filled Tuesday edition of the "Dale Jr. Download" podcast on Dirty Mo Radio. "Not a lot of fun out there," was the sentiment after a late pit-road mishap then a spin after contact with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne -- all with less than 20 laps remaining. "With several laps to go, we were sitting out there in 16th or so and we were going to come down pit road and get four tires," Earnhardt told Dirty Mo Radio. "I don't know, we didn't. The reason is because who the hell cares where we finish if we can't win the race. I mean, we were going to come down pit road in 16th place. A lot of guys around us pitted and we were going to get four tires and come out probably ... we might beat two guys, we might lose two spots, what the hell ever. So it was a wash in my opinion." Earnhardt did enter pit road in 16th place, but left in 22nd after an air-gun failure slowed his stop for service, leaving his No. 88 Chevrolet team only able to change two tires instead of four. Earnhardt recovered from that and his slight brush with the Turn 1 wall to stay on the lead lap. With two regular-season victories in hand and his spot in the Chase playoffs assured thanks to the points format instituted ahead of the 2014 season, Earnhardt was able to shrug off the disappointment more easily ahead of Sunday's Windows 10 400 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) at Pocono Raceway. "With the old system, you would do everything you could to get the best finish you could," Earnhardt said, "and that might mean forgoing the win and (saying), 'Hey man, if we do everything X, Y and Z and get lucky on the restarts, we might run 10th or we might finish eighth,' like some of those guys that we were racing with. But who damn cares about that? I'm sitting in 16th with 20-some laps to go, a lot of guys behind me are coming for tires. Do I want to be the last guy on old tires? No. I don't want to get eaten up by new tires, get in the wrong line on the restart and get screwed and not be competitive and not be on the offense. "We've got two wins, we're in the Chase, so what the hell's it matter between 10th and 20th? Who cares? If we do everything right, we finish 10th. If we don't do everything right, we finish 20th, but it's a wash either way. Doesn't even matter with this points system." Earnhardt bemoaned the sequence of yellow flags at Indianapolis and how the No. 88 team's strategy was adversely affected. Still, he championed the power of creative thinking from atop the pit box -- a resource that crew chief Greg Ives will have to employ this weekend at Pocono, where short-pitting, targeting fuel windows and other pit strategies frequently come into play. "The way this system works, you just go win, and if you can't win, do what everybody else ain't doing," Earnhardt said. "Do something different. Try something different. The same-ol', same-ol' is just going to get you the same boring-ass result." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Stewart-Haas Racing driver rides third-place finish back into Power Rankings
The No. 2's consistency in the Chase puts him atop our rankings RELATED: Play Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize MORE: Chase hub page " #MyChaseNation MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Victory pushes Kahne into this week's rankings , too
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Jessica Ruffin recaps Joe Gibbs Racing 's huge night in Kentucky, and how its four drivers managed to all finish in the top five ... @nascarcasm provides examples of fake text messages Dale Jr. might have received after his incident with Danica Patrick ... The Rundown gives you a note on all 43 finishers in the Quaker State 400. TUESDAY: This week's Power Rankings presented by Outback may have a new No. 1 driver after a great race on Saturday night ... speaking of the great racing, a new rules package was used for the first time at Kentucky. Zack Albert breaks down which teams benefited the most ... @nascarcasm provides the Facebook page of race-winner Kyle Busch . WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at New Hampshire, and we'll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview ... Dale Earnhardt Jr . paid a visit to the International Speedway Corp., and we tagged along for the ride ... our weekly High 5 feature presents the best NASCAR content from around the web. THURSDAY: Plenty of #TBT action for you, including looking back on Rusty Wallace's win at New Hampshire in 1993, a gallery of the best #TBT posts from drivers, and photos of Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s fiancee sporting vintage NASCAR T-shirts. FRIDAY: The Sprint Cup Series gets on track at 11:30 a.m. ET, and we'll have leaderboards from three total practices and Sprint Cup qualifying ... 8 Tweets You Might Have Missed highlights the best from social media over the past week. Also coming this week: Steve O'Donnell says NASCAR will address Kentucky Speedway's surface before the series returns in 2016 ... Want to hear the best sounds from the scanner? That will be available Tuesday ... Zack Albert will preview next week's race at Eldora, always a crowd favorite.
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Kenny Bruce writes on Furniture Row Racing , which is rumored to be considering a manufacturer switch to Toyota ... Kyle Busch won for the third time in four races; see exactly what he has to do to clinch a Chase berth ... The Rundown analyzes how every driver fared at New Hampshire. TUESDAY: This week's Power Rankings presented by Outback has a new No. 1 driver; who is it? Could Kyle Busch climb that high? ... @nascarcasm has his weekly winner's Facebook page, so get ready Kyle Busch ... For the second week in a row, Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske were the cars to beat, as Pat DeCola reports ... Want to know how Eldora works? We'll tell you. WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at Indianapolis and Eldora, and we'll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview ... Speaking of Eldora, there's plenty of action on the dirt track, and it begins at 10:30 a.m. ET. The race itself starts at 9 p.m. ET. We'll have live leaderboards of it all ... While you're watching the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, vote on who you think will win at Indy. THURSDAY: Driver Reports highlights the 16 drivers currently on the Chase Grid, and how they fare at Indianapolis ... Senior writer Kenny Bruce will look back at Jeff Gordon 's top Brickyard moments ... Jessica Ruffin, for #TBT, throws it back to Tony Stewart 's first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. FRIDAY: The Sprint Cup Series gets on track at 9 a.m. ET, and we'll have full coverage from a busy day at the track ... 8 Tweets You Might Have Missed highlights the best from social media over the past week ... Kissing the bricks? @nascarcasm has a take on that. Also coming this week: High Five, which drops Wednesday, highlights the best NASCAR content from around the internet ... the Major League Baseball trade deadline is coming up, which got RJ Kraft thinking about some possible NASCAR driver trades.
Jimmie Johnson overtakes Matt Kenseth in the standings and Power Rankings ; do you agree? Make your picks on the Fan Rankings tab!
Talladega produced some shakeups in this week's rankings ; do you agree?
As for brother Kyle, Kansas wasn't as good; Make your own picks on the Fan Rankings tab!