Throughout the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have set a very high bar - one which only they can match. Through the first 26 races of the season, the two drivers combined to win nine times, which adds up to approximately a third of the regular season events.
So it comes as little surprise that through the first three races of the Chase for the Sprint Cup that sitting atop the standings are none other than Johnson and Kenseth. How good have Johnson and Kenseth been at the start of the Chase? Well, consider this: Kyle Busch has an average finish of third through three Chase races, and he is third in the standings. Both drivers are also past champions and members of two of the premier race teams in NASCAR.
Winning is expected not only by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, but within their organizations as well. If you want racing version of a heavyweight prize fight, you've got it for the final seven races of the season. Looking forward, both drivers are heading to tracks that they have found success at in the past.
Kenseth has won at least once at five of the seven remaining Chase tracks and has won the past two races at Kansas Speedway, the location of this weekend's race. Jimmie Johnson has an equally strong reason for confidence. The No. 48 has wins at six of the seven remaning Chase tracks. Johnson and Kenseth waged an intense fight against one another through the "regular season" of the 2013 season. Now, it's time to settle it in the Chase.