The top three in the Sprint Cup points standings started the week with worried thoughts following the Pocono race. Why would anyone in the top three in points at this point in the season be worried?
Watkins Glen is next on the schedule.
Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle have never been good at the second and last road course on the schedule. In fact, the trio have a combined 32 starts at the Glen, 12 each for Junior and Kenseth with eight for Biffle, but only have eight total top-10's among the three of them.
This dismal records stands in stark contrast to a few drivers who are dominant at the upstate New York road course, Wild Card contenders Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon among them.
Take Kyle Busch for example. Rowdy has made only seven starts at "The Glen" and has only two less top-10 finishes in 26 fewer starts.
Junior, Kenseth, and Biffle just aren't strong here and basically try to bring the car home in one piece and stay out of everyone else's way. And they're far from the only ones who hate coming there.
Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have had poor numbers here. The only drivers currently in Chase position who are strong there are Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.
Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. aren't terrible, but are fairly mediocre. Even still, their lukewarm efforts are a lot better than the stats of most other contenders.
Sunday may bring Wild Card contenders such as Gordon and Busch a lot closer to the top 10, while we could also see Stewart move back into the top five in the points.