1 The revelation of the Chase so far is Clint Bowyer. Two weeks after winning at New Hampshire, he took second at Kansas behind Greg Biffle. How surprising is this? In Bowyer's previous 64 Cup starts, he had never finished first or second.
2 Though Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not make the Chase, he's having an impact on NASCAR's playoff. On Lap 28 he bumped into the back of Kyle Busch—the same driver whose seat he will take at Hendrick Motorsports next season—and caused him to spin out and hit the wall. Busch (above) finished 41st and is now 136 points behind Johnson. Said a baffled Busch of Little E, "He ran me over for no reason."