The old saying is "a day late and a dollar short," but in the case it could be considered "a day late and one lap short." All day long, it was Joey Logano who showed the most muscle in his Ford, and was cruising to a win until the final caution.
It was clear a few teams were going to gamble. Two of them did, including a driver representing a Texas school. But despite that effort, when the white flag came out, the move was on. Logano went low, and even Jeff Gordon in his Texas A&M colors could not hold him back. Four tires vs. two tires was a no-contest in the Lone Star State, as the late call was the right call for the No. 22 team.
Logano came around and took the checkered flag, his first win since Michigan a year ago, and also punched his ticket to the Chase as the seventh driver to win a race in as many races, the most ever in the Chase era.
That win also gave another win to one writer, who has three times as many wins as just one driver in the real series thus far in the year. Here's the standings after the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500:
Ryan O'Hara (266) Joey Logano WON - 3
Kara Martin (261) Kyle Busch finished 3rd - 2
Sal Sigala Jr (248) Jimmie Johnson finished 25th - 2
Dustin Parks (233) Matt Kenseth finished 7th - 1
Michael Hirshbein (231) Kyle Busch finished 3rd - 1
Rob Blount (222) Matt Kenseth finished 7th - 1
Patti Rodisch (219) Kyle Busch finished 3rd - 1
Rob Tiongson (219) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 43rd - 1
Billy Fellin (206) Matt Kenseth finished 7th - 0
Aaron Rosser (198) Carl Edwards finished 14th - 1
Misan Akuya (174) Carl Edwards finished 14th - 0
James Broomhead (145) NO PICK SENT - 1
Next Race: Normally a Monday race is only a day delayed to get ready for the next race. But in this case, it means an even quicker turn around because the next green flag happens on a Saturday night. It also happens at one of the most historic venues NASCAR visits every year. The date of the race may have changed this year to mid-April, but the way this track feels to the drivers and how it must be attacked continues to remain the same.
It's a one-groove track, but unlike many tracks, that one groove also means a dance with a devilish lady...a lady in black. Red and white walls adorn this speedway, but at the end of 500 miles, it shows more darkness than any other color. It's a track that began with cars racing on what we call the apron, but has since become the most challenging speedway anyone has tried to race at, and even now it remains a track "Too Tough To Tame."
Darlington Raceway is on the docket, so writers it's time to do your own dance with this lady and submit your picks by Thursday, April 10, at 10 p.m. ET for the Bojangles' Southern 500.