In NASCAR, though, the only thing that matters is who crosses the finish line. Stenhouse and his team experienced that the hard way on Saturday night, winning the first two stages but watching Erik Jones get the victory while the 17 came come 17th.
But hinging your success on the fickle nature of restrictor plate racing is perhaps the trickiest possible way to do things in NASCAR, as there are so many factors out of your control.
Last year's victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was out in front for 51 laps and won the first two stages of the race, but, with 36 laps to go, he and Kyle Larson were involved in a collision.
"I didn't think we had a shot to win it there about halfway", Jones said.
Stenhouse took the lead from Chase Elliott after 11 laps and then held off a late run from Kyle Busch to take the checkered flag and earn some bonus points. Stage two was also one by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. the rest of the top 10 on the stage included #34 Michael McDowell, #88 Alex Bowman, #95 Kasey Kahne, #13 Ty Dillon, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #42 Kyle Larson, #3 Austin Dillon, #6 Trevor Bayne and #31 Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10. My first Cup win.
Maybe these so-called "Young Guns" do know how to find victory lane.
Jones passed Martin Truex Jr., who finished second, on the final lap to take the lead and record his first ever win in the Cup series. Harvick led the field to green on Lap 162 to start the first overtime, but he fell victim to the nine-car wreck before that circuit was completed. The caution enabled Jimmie Johnson to return to the lead lap. He pitted outside the designated box.
The first wreck was very similar to a crash Keselowski was involved in during February's Daytona 500.
THE SECOND BIG ONE: The night's second major crash occurred on lap 65.
Busch's brother, Kyle, got knocked out in a subsequent crash sparked by Stenhouse, and noted, "Same guy that caused the first one caused the second one there".
Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O'Leary worked as tire changers for Rick Ware Racing driver Ray Black Jr.
THE BIG ONE: More than half of the 40-car field was involved in the first big crash of the night. With 36 laps to go Larson had a tire go down and Stenhouse Jr. drove into the rear of the No. 42 Chevrolet. Cars in the following group were swept into the accident. I've got to get better at my mirror-driving. "I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we're right back in it".
Keselowski said it actually started with a "bad block" by William Byron, who cut in front of Keselowski and prompted him to lift off the gas.
Shortly before the wreck on the initial would-be final lap, Kahne and Kevin Harvick were side-by-side with six laps to go when another wreck caused a significant delay with cars spread around the infield.
STAGE ONE: Stenhouse dominated the race's first stage and edged Kyle Busch for the stage win.