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Mears' fourth season off to hot start

Updated: March 7, 2006, 2:21 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Last year, Casey Mears didn't even know whether he'd have a job in big-time stock car racing. This year, he can dream about making the Chase and talk about winning races and actually sound sensible.

And it's not just because of two top-10 runs to start the year. It's a shift in attitude and performance that dates back to last season and has the driver feeling legitimate.

"I spent the last three years trying to establish myself as a driver in the Nextel Cup Series," said ...

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