"We've [run] in the top 10 in every race but one this year," says Martin, who on Sunday got caught up in an accident and finished 28th. "We could get on a roll here."
5 -- Who's going to win the chase for the Nextel cup?
SI is sticking with the 33-year-old Gordon, the four-time Cup champ who was the magazine's preseason pick. On Sunday a piece of track sealant broke loose and damaged Gordon's car. Though he limped to a 30th-place finish, he is still fifth in points. "I've been with Jeff a long time [since 1999] and honestly think he's driving better than I've ever seen him," says Gordon's crew chief, Robbie Loomis. "We've gotten caught up in a few wrecks, but those weren't Jeff's fault. He's entering his prime, and with the kind of race cars that Mr. Hendrick has been giving us, we'll be tough to beat."