All week long, the talk has been whether the new Gen-6 car would be one that could be very racy, and make passes on the track, as comments from one competitor have triggered questions whether the car has lived up to expectations.
When NASCAR made the trip to Las Vegas, it was just the third race on the new car. But by the end of the race, no one was questioning whether the new car could pass under green, and handle extremely well.
Last week there were only six lead changes under green, with a total of 12 overall. One week later, a total of 22 lead changes occurred, and with little cautions, all teams were running hard and made some extremely strong passes at all corners of the track.
In the end, it was one driver's ability to hold onto the lead on older tires, and keep the fastest guy all afternoon at bay.
It took only three races for Matt Kenseth to break into the win column with his new team, as he would be the one hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas on this afternoon of action. Everything is new to Kenseth, from the crew, to the spotter, car number and manufacturer. Now, he feels the move was right, and he feels at home, back in victory lane.
It was the right call as well for one writer, as Fan Vs. Fan's "The Podium Finish" host is the first to crack into the win column this season. In fact, all but one writer finished in the top-10, the best week thus far in the season.
Here's a look at how the points stand now following the Kobalt Tools 400:
Patti Rodisch (117) Jimmie Johnson finished 6th (0)
Rob Tiongson (115) Matt Kenseth WON (1)
Ryan O'Hara (95) Jimmie Johnson finished 6th (0)
Sal Sigala Jr. (90) Jimmie Johnson finished 6th (0)
Christopher Leone (84) Kyle Busch finished 4th (0)
Rob Blount (84) Carl Edwards finished 5th (0)
Billy Fellin (82) Jimmie Johnson finished 6th (0)
Kelly Crandall (79) Jimmie Johnson finished 6th (0)
Misan Akuya (79) Tony Stewart finished 11th (0)
Dustin Parks (73) Jimmie Johnson finished 6th (0)
Michael Hirshbein (72) Kyle Busch finished 4th (0)
Kara Martin (65) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd (0)
James Broomhead (64) Kyle Busch finished 4th (0)
Next Race: It took three races before even one participant in the pool got a victory. Every writer is frustrated, maybe a bit angry, and needs to take out some aggression. At the same time, the drivers that have not gotten off to the start they wanted this year are hungry, and ready to get up on the wheel.
What better place to take out that aggression than on a short track, specifically the most famous short track in NASCAR.
It's the fourth different track the circuit has seen to start the season, and it's one of the most popular among fans and teams. Three simple words can make the upcoming weekend one full of excitement. THIS...IS...BRISTOL.
Writers, it's time to get really aggressive. Have your picks for the Food City 500 turned in by Thursday, March 14, at 10 p.m. ET.