Clint Bowyer had won at NASCAR's top level previously, but amidst a winless streak going on five-plus years, the whispers were growing louder whether he could still be a victor in the Cup Series.
Kevin Harvick then improved throughout the race to move from outside the top 10 early in the race to end up fifth.
Well, then he let out over five years worth of hooting and hollering - and deservedly so.
STAGE ONE: Martinsville ace Hamlin won the first stage after a battle with Keselowski, who took second. It validated the decision of Stewart-Haas Racing to put him behind the wheel of the No. 14 Ford past year, after team co-owner Tony Stewart retired from NASCAR competition.
Kyle Busch finished in second followed by Ryan Blaney in third. Even more wonderful, Clint Bowyer is the first driver in Cup Series history to win a race in a Chevrolet, a Ford, and a Toyota.
Snow and NASCAR racing don't mix well, so faced with heavier than expected snowfall on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, NASCAR officials postponed Sunday's scheduled STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until Monday in Martinsville, Virginia.
Kyle Busch: He hasn't managed a win yet this season, but another runner-up finish proves he's bound to break through soon.
"It's a short track and I just have to get better at driving these cars and learning more as these cars are so equal and I have to get better at passing cars sooner", Kennington said. But Blaney darted to the outside around the lapped vehicle of Kasey Kahne and Bowyer had to go low around Kahne. Upon Bowyer returning to victory lane, he was surrounded by his wife and children.
Martin Truex Jr., the defending series champion and victor last week in California, was fourth in a Toyota.
NASCAR announced that four cars had one lug nut not secured in post-race inspection: The No. 3 of Austin Dillon, No. 12 of Ryan Blaney, No. 34 of Michael McDowell and No. 42 of Kyle Larson. The average green flag run in the STP 500 was almost triple the distance of the same stat in the Playoff race. However, he was a new man on Monday while sitting in control for the majority of the final stage. This will mark the one year anniversary of the repave and reconfiguration at Texas Motor Speedway. I learned from Jimmie Johnson and learned from Jeff Gordon, sometimes the hard way, but nonetheless I learned over the years and finally put it to good use.