Jimmie Johnson exudes quiet confidence. He knows this could be the weekend when he returns to familiar ground - leading the standings in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Denny Hamlin, too, feels the potential for a big gain looming.
After all, these two men own Martinsville Speedway.
They have won nine of the last 11 races at the track. They bring the two best average finishes here.
Twice a year they lead laps and challenge for the victory on this .526-mile Virginia track. Why should Sunday be any different?
Adding to the confidence level of each is the fact that current points leader Brad Keselowski does not enjoy that level of success -- and is already struggling at the track this weekend.
And his closest challengers in the Chase certainly know that.
Johnson, who sits just seven points behind Keselowski in second in the championship race, enters Sunday with an average finish of 5.762 and six wins at the track. Keselowski doesn't even have six Cup starts here yet - and he certa...