John Farrell sighed, rolled his eyes and threw up his hands in frustration … Alex Gage jumped up and down and shouted with glee while everyone around her stared at her with confusion.

Farrell wasn’t upset at Joey Logano winning Saturday night’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and Gage wasn’t celebrating the No. 22 driver’s victory. Instead they were reacting – very differently – to something that had happened much earlier in the race.

Well before the half-way point of the 500-lap race, Matt Kenseth, the driver of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, drove his smoking race car behind the wall. It was the end of the Wisconsin native’s night … and with that Farrell ceded that week’s point in the In This Corner challenge to Gage, who was at the race celebrating in the stands.

After the last six weeks in which Kenseth had averaged a 4.0 finish and won two races, Farrell was certain Kenseth was the right choice. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers had all been running well over the past two months, so it only made sense.

However, by Lap 110 of Saturday’s race under the lights it was obvious that Farrell had made a bad choice. After starting in a respectable 13th place, Kenseth finished 42nd. The 110th lap was his last. He had run comfortably in the top 10 for most of the laps up to that point.

All Gage had to do to earn this week’s point was to pick a driver who didn’t end up 43rd. By selecting Jeff Gordon, who drove the rainbow-schemed Axalta car, Gage accomplished her goal. Although Gordon didn’t win the race, he finished 20th and ran a good portion of latter half of the race in the top 10.

If the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup started today, both drivers would qualify. Kenseth’s three wins so far this season and seventh place in the standings would lock him into the fourth spot in the postseason. While Gordon doesn’t yet have a win this season, he’s 13th in the points and would be seeded 15th in the Chase.

Logano, the race winner, became the fourth driver this year to post three or more wins in the series and would be third in the Chase bracket. He led four times for 176 laps, first taking the point on Lap 225. He led the final 64 laps of the race.

Only drivers from two teams led the race: Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. Five of the six drivers for the two teams led at least one lap. Other than Logano, Denny Hamlin (54 laps), Brad Keselowski (four), Carl Edwards (74) and Kyle Busch (192) all led laps. Kenseth was the only driver from either team not to lead at any point during the race.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has this weekend off before they start the final 12 weeks of the season the following weekend at Darlington. With the score in the “In This Corner” challenge tied at 6-6, who will jump ahead? And better yet, will they be able to build upon that lead in subsequent weeks – something neither of them have been able to do yet.

Gage – 6; Farrell – 6