N.C. State football coach Tom O'Brien has taken the lead in the weekly NASCAR Celebrity Chase Tracker standings for the first time.
O'Brien currently identified the positions of three drivers - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards - in the Chase for the Nextel Cup following Sunday's race at Atlanta. O'Brien leads the standings with 81 points, a five-point advantage over NASCAR artist Sam Bass.
O'Brien told the Observer last month that he receives help from an assistant on his staff and son, Daniel, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan. O'Brien said he picks Gordon to promote his father-son rivalry.
Last year's winner of the Celebrity Chase Tracker competition, Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Hampton, is currently 20th with three races remaining.