LAS VEGAS -- If there's any doubt remaining that NASCAR's new Chase format has caused a paradigm shift in the attitudes of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, listen to the three men who have won the first three races. It wasn't Las Vegas that made a gambler of Dale Earnhardt Jr. It was the newfound freedom that now is an integral part of every victory. Earnhardt gambled on fuel Mar. 2 in Phoenix and made it to the finish but couldn't catch race winner Kevin Harvick. Earnhardt and crew chief Steve Letarte played an even longer shot Sunday in Las Vegas, knowing full well that they were a half-lap to a lap short on fuel. With pressure from Brad Keselowski forcing Earnhardt ... FULL STORY »
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