Kyle Busch is establishing himself as the new star in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Carl Edwards is the winningest driver so far this season.
Where does that leave Jeff Burton heading into Saturday night's race at Richmond? Leading the points - right where he has been since finishing third at Martinsville on March 30.
It's not really that big of a surprise that the Richard Childress Racing driver has been one of the most consistent drivers in Cup this year, winning at Bristol and finishing no worse than 13th in the first nine races.
Consistency helped Burton finished seventh and eighth in the past two seasons, with 20 top-10 finishes in 2006 and 18 in 2007.
"I feel good about where we are," Burton said after a 12th-place finish Sunday at Talladega.
"I feel good about the work we're putting into our race cars. I feel good that we're working hard to answer the challenge of being better as the year gets on."
The 41-year-old Burton, in his 15th season in Cup and his fourth year with RCR, has never finished higher than third, with Roush Racing in 2000. But he isn't ruling out a championship run.
"I can't ask for a whole lot more from my team and I can't ask for a whole lot more from myself," he said. "We have to make sure we're efficient and we have to make sure we continue to improve.
"If we do those things and have some fortune, then it can be our year.
"We can't control what our competition is doing. Maybe they learn more than we do, I don't know. We can only control what we do and, hopefully, we're responding to the areas that we need to be stronger in.
"If we continue to do that then we’ll be all right."