Ten races at 10 different tracks, all to determine the 16 drivers who will battle for one prize -- the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. These next 10 races will test each driver's versatility. A wide array awaits: 1.5 milers like Saturday night's race at Kentucky; a restrictor plate track (Daytona); a triangle (Pocono); a road course (Watkins Glen); a short track (Bristol); one of the most historic sporting venues in the world (Indianapolis) -- and more. First up, Kentucky.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Well, that didn't take long. Jimmie Johnson has enjoyed a dramatic reversal of fortune, a two-week winning streak after starting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season 0-for-11. Inevitably, this has people rethinking the 2014 season now that Johnson has redefined it. The champ is back. Victories the last two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway -- the former event being one of NASCAR's "majors," the Coca-Cola 600 -- has Johnson looking completely capable of winning a record-tying seventh series championship.