After tangling on the track and nearly scuffling in the garage last week, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer got much of the attention leading into NASCAR's season finale.
So seeing them at the front of the field in the closing laps Sunday made everyone wonder what would happen.
It turned out to be much ado about nothing.
Gordon won the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finishing a few car lengths ahead of Bowyer.
''After it was over, I thought, `Wow, I can't believe we just finished first and second after what happened last week,''' Gordon said.
So all that angst - as well as any potential payback - will linger into next season.
''I just really wanted to catch (Gordon),'' Bowyer said. ''That was the only `what if' that went through my mind at the end. Probably went through your mind, too.''
What would have happened had Bowyer run Gordon down?
''I wouldn't have took us both out,'' Bowyer said. ''It's over. We could have done `what ifs' last week. I'm done with `what ifs.'''