Jeff Gordon said he views the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the series standings in a whole new way following Tony Stewart's run last season to his third series championship.
"(Points) mean nothing other than you're in (the Chase). And to me, I've not seen one standout team or driver to this point in the season yet," Gordon said. "I don't think we will because Tony was nowhere in sight and just got on fire, you know?"
Entering the Chase last season Stewart had no wins. He won five times in the 10-race Chase, including the season finale, and won the championship in a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards.
"Who knows who that team could be when the Chase starts. Matt Kenseth is such a great driver and a consistent driver with a great team, why would you not put him down as a real threat?" Gordon said.
"I think there's a handful of guys out there right now that you can say that about."