Rain, rain, go away---they need it dry for race day!

The Chase for the Sprint Cup finally got underway Monday, a day later than planned, with the Geico 400.  But the delay proved a saving grace for one of the Chase's two winless drivers.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig recaps the Geico 400 in this "FOX in the Fast Lane":

Better late than never for winless-no-more Tony Stewart, despite having to keep an eye on the gas gauge during a fuel-milage finish at Chicagoland...

"The fuel holds up, Tony Stewart opens the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his first win of the season."

Stewart taking the checkered ahead of Kevin Harvick as the gas-starved field dropped like flies behind him...

"We've had a rough year, so this is a...this is a good way to start it off."

The #14 Chevy jumping from ninth to second in the Chase standings thanks to the win, which Stewart tells ESPN may not have been possible without Sunday's rainout...

"I had a migrane all day yesterday, so I'm kinda glad we didn't race."

Harvick now leads the Chase, seven points up on Stewart.  Bad days cost Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon.  Busch drops from first to tenth after coming in 22nd, while Gordon finished 24th, costing him eight spots in the standings.  He sits in 11th overall.

The Chase is now Loudon-bound for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

FOX in the Fast Lane, I'm Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.