As the NASCAR Sprint Cup season approaches the halfway mark of its 36-race grind, many familiar faces seem entrenched in all-too-familiar places.
But not everything remains the same. And if the latest race winner on the road course at Sonoma is any indication, more surprises could be right around the next turn.
So take a look at who's holding on to what they've got, who's moving up and who's moving down in the weekly power struggle that is the Sprint Cup Series—based on factors such as not only who is winning the races, but which drivers and teams are showing a willingness and ability to battle through adversity, and which drivers have the most momentum and confidence at the present time.
Then keep in mind that it all could change as the summer months heat up and so do the point standings.