The lessons learned in the Kobalt Tools 400 may not help much in two weekends when the Cup teams arrive in Bristol, but they will help all the teams on the intermediate tracks that are predominant on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.
Tony Stewart and his crew learned the hardest lesson of the day during a frantic pit stop in the midst of the Las Vegas Kobalt Tools 400. The new fueling system and effort required to coordinate new responsibilities is going to be a challenge all season long.
Stewart was not happy with his second-place finish in the Kobalt Tools 400, but he and his team cannot afford to be disappointed with their performance on the intermediate track this Sunday.
As Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team have proven in the last five years, the teams that do well on the intermediate tracks will be within striking distance once the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase begins.