After 26 races of buildup, the Chase finally arrived today in New Hampshire.
And in the kind of wild finish that only a fuel mileage race can provide, Clint Bowyer made his gas last longer than Tony Stewart, who ran out just a little more than a mile from the finish.
Bowyer, the last driver to qualify for NASCAR's playoff, opened the Chase with a bang by winning and vaulting himself up to second in the points.
Denny Hamlin remained the points leader.
In the comments section below is a recap of what fans had to say during the first Chase race.