Coming into the first race of the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup, Tony Stewart was one of only two drivers to make the playoffs and fail to win a race during the regular season.
So much for that.
Smoke's first victory of the year came earlier today, as the Geico 400, postponed from yesterday due to rain, shook up the playoff seeding quite a bit. Multiple Chase contenders ran out of fuel at the very end of the event, reminding everyone that it doesn't matter how well you drive in the race's first 399 miles, it's where you end up in the 400th.
Without further ado, the top 15 drivers in Cup points: