After 35 races and a marathon season that began in February, NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway is underway.
Chase points leader Carl Edwards started the race from the pole position, while two-time champion Tony Stewart (who trails by just three points) started 15th.
Because Edwards led the first lap, he immediately picked up a bonus point and extended his lead to four points. In NASCAR's new points system, each point equals one position on the racetrack.
If the two drivers are tied in points after today's race, Stewart would win the tiebreaker over Edwards because he has more wins on the season (four) than Edwards does (one).
Today's race is 400 miles, which is 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event also marks the end of Jimmie Johnson's reign as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion after an unprecedented five-year run.
Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five starters.