With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill, Clint Bowyer led 122 of 171 laps run to score the win in the rain-shortened Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol.
In the end, Matt Kenseth was able to hold off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick through a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta to take the Nicorette 300, his 24th career Nationwide Series win.
Mark Martin, chasing down the leaders with five laps to go, got into the back of Carl Edwards, taking out both Edwards and then-race leader Brad Keselowski to win the Sam’s Town 300, his 48th career Nationwide Series race.
12 drivers were running almost 700 miles thanks to the delay of the Cup race and the postponement of the Nationwide race. However, it didn’t make much difference to Tony Stewart, who ran away with much of the Stater Brothers 300.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series remained “Cup Light” in its opening race, with Tony Stewart taking the checkered flag as one of nine Sprint Cup regulars to finish in the top 10 in Saturday’s Camping World 300.