With seven races remaining to decide the 2013 NASCAR Chase to the Sprint Cup field, a word of advice to contenders: Don't lose your head.
Sure, it's easy to fall into the trap. The pressure is on. Wins aren't as frequent. And opportunities are running out.
When the car isn't perfect and the pit crew has suffered a miscue or two, the driver feels compelled to make up the difference - to a fault.
"I think every driver handles that differently, and it defines who you are as a NASCAR racer," said defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who hasn't won in 26 races but last weekend posted his second top-five in the last 15 events to move back into the Chase zone. "I guess the thought process behind this sport is that all the cars are equal. I am going to go ahead and tell you that is not the case. On any given day at the racetrack the win is defined differently based on what you have from a car and team to work with.
"Sometimes, the win is simple; you win the race. You take a fast car ...