So has David Ragan finally made it over the hump? Did that Daytona win clinch his deal with Jack Roush and sponsorship UPS?
"That's between the management and UPS…and I think they're going well," the 25-year-old Ragan says of contract negotiations.
"I look forward to some good things to come down the road, but I try not to worry about that. All I can think about is doing my job on the track.
"I've got faith that everything is going to work out well."
It's been several years now since Ragan hit the Sprint Cup tour and promptly got tagged by Tony Stewart as "a dart without feathers."
And Ragan has matured.
On the track he's been solid this season, after several erratic years. And off the track he's kept cool and loose, despite the enormous pressure – remember this is the guy Roush picked, in a surprise, to take Mark Martin's ride when Martin decided to move on after nearly 20 years with Roush.
Roush certainly has an odd roster of drivers. Wild and crazy Carl Edwards. Iceman Matt Kenseth. Fast and loose Greg Biffle (this week with a new crew chief, after several weeks of sagging fortunes). And Ragan.
Edwards, at 31, is in his prime. Kenseth, 10 years on the tour now, and the 2003 champion, is the team's elder statements. Biffle, nearly 10 years too with Roush, is starting to press, it seems.
If Biffle and Edwards are in the same mold, then Ragan may be a bit like Kenseth, cool and calculating, rather than flashy and bold.