February 14, 2008
After today's duels, there shouldn't be any more questions about the Hendrick engine problems, or the similar Toyota problems, or if Gibbs can win with Toyota engines. Dale Jr. has won both races he's been in so far. Jimmie Johnson is on the pole. Denny Hamlin won the second duel for Gibbs, with Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon in hot pursuit. Casey Mears was 4th in his duel. In what may be a preview of the season to come, the two teams have won every possible event from the Shootout on, and now only the actual race remains. It's hard to imagine two teams that you would have to favor more than these two at any given race. It may be a long year for fans of other drivers.