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Ol' Blue Eyes is off to the best start of his career and now sits second in points behind Jimmie Johnson.
Jimmie Johnson continues to pace the field in the standings while posting solid finishes, but he's not the only one contending for the championship.
Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne look like solid threats to unseat Brad Keselowski as well.
Speaking of Keselowski, he's another threat to the championship, especially considering his teams' unconventional way of utilizing strategy to win.
Kyle Busch is another worthy challenger. While his weekend in Kansas was not what he may have hoped for, there's light at the end of the tunnel as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond, one of his best tracks.
On the other end of the spectrum, is it safe to say Tony Stewart is not contending? "Smoke" is a notorious slow starter. Remember, in his championship season in 2011, he didn't win until the chase started. But he looks out of sort this time around, as does the whole Stewart-Haas team.
It's difficult to see such a strong team struggling, but they are vastly under-performing thus far.