This week’s race
Irwin Night Race at Bristol
What: 500 laps or 266.5 miles
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, a .533-mile highly banked, concrete oval in Bristol, Tenn.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Radio: Performance Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Denny Hamlin
Also this week: Food City 250, Nationwide Series, Bristol Motor Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN.
Worth mentioning: Mark Martin begins his stint at Stewart-Haas Racing this weekend as substitute driver for injured Tony Stewart in his No.14 Chevrolet. Martin will drive in 12 of the remaining 13 races for Stewart.
Joey Logano: His win was big – but it was trumped in the news by Silly Season.
Kevin Harvick: Beginning to look more and more like a championship-contending team.
A.J. Allmendinger: He’s 2-for-2in Nationwide Series road-course races this season for Penske Racing.
James Buescher: Last season’s Truck series champ finally made his return to Victory Lane.
Mark Martin: He’s everybody’s first choice – an impressive honor in this sport if there ever was one.
Kurt Busch: In serious position to make the Chase.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Remember when he was leading the Sprint Cup standings?
Jeff Gordon: In serious danger of missing the Chase.
Juan Pablo Montoya: Has NASCAR seen the last of him?