There is no better way to send a driver's stock soaring in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series than winning.
And no winner is sure to get the shares moving more than Dale Earnhardt Jr., who captured his second victory of the 2014 season at Pocono Raceway. In doing so, he won at a track where he often has struggled in the past and made speculation of a possible summer swoon fade into the Pocono Mountains early-morning mist.
But as much as it may seem so at times, NASCAR is not a one-man sport. Read on to see who else is on the rise, who deserves at least the courtesy of more time and another look and who is headed nowhere fast as the series heads to the slick, speedy track at Michigan International Speedway and then onto the tricky road course at Sonoma over the next two weeks.