Lots of NASCAR stories emerge

Heading into this NASCAR season, I had a feeling things would be interesting this year.

So far, I'm right.

The racing in Daytona was different than what we usually see and the "Big One" really wasn't that big.

This past weekend, the race was at Phoenix International Speedway. It's usually a fairly boring race.

Not this time.

Much to my surprise the "Big One" happened at Phoenix.

On lap 66, Brian Vickers was tapped by Matt Kenseth in the backstretch. That started a chain reaction taking out 13 cars.

Some of the big names in NASCAR were able to make repairs and return to the race to gain some very precious points.

The other story coming out of Phoenix was Jeff Gordon finally breaking his winless streak of 66 races.

Gordon now has 83 victories in the Cup series, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth among all-time career winners.

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne destroyed two race cars in Phoenix, one in practice and the other in the race.

Some race fans and even some drivers are saying Bayne's win in the 500 was just a fluke. We'll see.

Have you looked at the Sprint Cup series points yet?

The NASCAR season is only two weeks old and there's already a shuffle in the points.

Some of the drivers who usually run up front have either crashed or blown up in the first two races.

Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton are 20th or worse in points right now.

After the Phoenix race some of the race analysts were saying these guys are already in a hole.

I don't see it that way.

Let's say the leader in points, Kyle Busch, with 80, finishes last this weekend at Las Vegas and gets only one point.

Greg Biffle is 28th in points with 33 right now. If he were to win the race, and leads in laps, he would get 48 points. Then they're tied.

I said it before and I'll say it again. I like the new point system. It's really easy to keep track.

The Sprint Cup race will be in Las Vegas Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on FOX.