The 27th edition of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway happened a few weeks before the green flag dropped at Daytona. It gives us media types a chance to see what’s new for ’09 and for Chevy fans, it’s looking pretty good.

Tony Stewart will wheel one of three paint schemes on his #14.

This is the first chassis made in-house at Hendrick Motorsports. It was reunited with the original body and presented to Rick Hendrick as he started his 25th year in NASCAR.

If you follow NASCAR, you already know there have been a number of changes within many of the teams tied directly to the economy. But as it turns out, Chevy may be the only brand that managed to gain some ground in these tough times. Two Chevy teams, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) are still the top dogs.

Now, though, they are more equal as RCR has added a fourth team. But the big news was former Champ, Tony ‘Smoke’ Stewart returning to Chevy with his Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). And Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) merged with Chip Ganassi, a former Dodge team, to get back up to three or four cars for the season, sponsorship withstanding.

And yes, there are a number of independents using Chevy hardware, too.

Bossman, Rick Hendrick talked about how he’ll keep his four drivers to task, "…I don't think we have any problem. There is a tremendous amount of respect among these guys. You're going to have problems and you're going to have run-ins at the track. I'm going to do my best to settle them down and talk about the big picture when we have those sorts of problems. It's all about respect and I see us having a great year. From that standpoint, I have no worries at all."