Team owner Rick Hendrick echoed Earnhardt's comments.

"It's that little magic with the car," Hendrick said. "It's also that magic with the guys here, with the team. When you hit it, it's amazing. When Jimmie Johnson goes two years and doesn't win a championship, something's wrong.

"Well, there's nothing wrong; it's just everybody else is that good. They've got that magic, and these guys have that magic. I think this could be the year."