NASCAR Recap: Kobalt 400

Courtesy: https://twitter.com/KevinHarvick

Courtesy: https://twitter.com/KevinHarvick

Nothing about Las Vegas is supposed to be predictable, other than the house eventually winning.

Sunday’s Kobalt 400 proved to go against the trend, with the race favorite, Kevin Harvick, dominating the race and cruising to a win. Here’s a NASCAR recap of the other winners and losers from Vegas.

Win: Tony Stewart

Where would Stewart Haas Racing be without Harvick? Stewart is 32nd in points. Danica Patrick’s biggest headline involved an accident with Jeff Gordon during practice. Who knows if Kurt Busch will ever get in a Chevy again?

Harvick has to be the most valuable driver in all of racing. And with four wins in the last five races at  Phoenix, that value may only grow.

Lose: Competitive Balance.

This tweet floored me.

Seeing how half the Chase races are 1.5 mile tracks, would you take those drivers vs. the rest of the field for the 2015 Sprint Cup? I would and not blink. Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman can certainly win at 1.5 mile tracks; they need to prove it before Homestead. Otherwise, it could be a boring Chase to Homestead.

Draw: The Little Guys

On one hand, it doesn’t look good for Martin Truex Jr. or AJ Allmendinger to win the Sprint Cup. On the other hand, both finished in the top-10 Sunday. Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Brian Scott even ran in the top-15.

The old Chase format made it almost impossible for some teams to compete for a Chase spot. This new format gives teams hope to win a race and maybe make the top-16. Based on what we saw last year, teams have a chance to advance once they get into the playoffs. Whether they can win at a 1.5 mile track….let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Teams shouldn’t feel bad about leaving Vegas with a loss; it happens all the time. Maybe the luck will heat up with the weather in Phoenix next week. Until then, enjoy a hint of Spring, and insert a random catchphrase here.