The dance begins as the flagman signals one to go, and cars began scrambling into position like 3,400-pound, sponsor-laden square dance partners. Nearly a full lap later, the leader hits the gas pedal, and the chaos really begins.

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton conceded that refereeing the restart of a Sprint Cup race after a caution flag is fraught with inherent gamesmanship and is a challenge.

But it’s also expected to be.