Last week, there was controversy when a television cable cut through some top cars like a knife through a warm biscuit fresh out of the oven. This week, there wasn't anything on the track that was cutting up sheet metal.

Instead, it was how the final restart went down that cost one driver dearly.

Juan Montoya leading, going after his first oval-track win in NASCAR, and after winning the race off pit road, is high.  Dominant driver Jimmie Johnson to his inside.  Pace car pulls off, and the race goes green...with Johnson getting the big jump.

But the leader is the one who starts the race, and must be the first across the line.  NASCAR reviewed, and despite the fact that Johnson is one of the biggest names in the sport, the call was made.  Johnson was said to jump the start.

Despite some pleas from the team, the call stood as told, and officials posted the black flag.  Johnson wasn't going to win on this day.

What it did do is give the finish of the race an entirely new look, one that saw Montoya battle with a driver that didn't have much luck this year, Tony Stewart.  No top-10's to his credit, and Dover being one of his more recent difficult tracks, it seemed bleak.  But, the man known as Smoke was not giving up, and went for it.  He went high with three laps to go, and once clear, never looked back.

Stewart broke a 30-race streak of not going to victory lane, getting his first win of the year and now taking one of the Wild Card positions in the standings.

The writers, though, didn't pick him to win.  In fact, only four writers finished in the top-five, as Johnson's penalty changed everyone's seeding, and cut down what was a big lead.

Here's how things eventually shook out following the FedEx 400:


Patti Rodisch (474) Jimmie Johnson finished 17th (0)

Rob Tiongson (461) Kyle Busch finished 4th (1)

Billy Fellin (437) Denny Hamlin finished 34th (1)

Rob Blount (422) Matt Kenseth finished 34th (1)

Dustin Parks (420) Jimmie Johnson finished 17th (0)

Kelly Crandall (409) Jimmie Johnson finished 17th (0)

Ryan O'Hara (408) Jeff Gordon finished 3rd (0)

Sal Sigala Jr(387) Denny Hamlin finished 34th (0)

Kara Martin (383) Kyle Busch finished 4th (0)

Michael Hirshbein (374) Kyle Busch finished 4th (2)

James Broomhead (369) Matt Kenseth finished 40th (1)

Misan Akuya (322) Matt Kenseth finished 40th (0)

Christopher Leone (303) Denny Hamlin finished 34th (0)


Next Race:  The second half of the regular season kicks off next Sunday.  The summer months are approaching, and that means the stretch run to the Chase is just kicking off.  It seems appropriate that the initial race in this second half is one of the unique ones on the circuit.

At this track, it's three different corners, three different lengths of straightaway, not to mention asphalt that is only a year old, and now is seeing the Gen-6 race car for the first time.

The "Tricky Triangle" welcomes the beginning of the summer portion of the racing season, as up next is the Pocono Raceway.

Writers, the time to beat the heat begins now, so have your picks for the Party in the Poconos 400 turned in by Thursday, June 6, at 10 p.m. ET.