Is it possible that the switch to the spoiler could be a game-changer for the Cup series? Is it possible that NASCAR's changeup could be a curveball for the No. 48 team?
Knaus, for one, doesn't think so.
"It's a big, big change to the racecar," Knaus said March 21, after Johnson won the last race of the wing era, at Bristol. "(But) with the strength we have at Hendrick Motorsports, with the people we've got, we typically adapt quicker than most people, so I'm looking forward to it."
Then came Martinsville, which suggested, albeit tenuously, that the spoiler might be Kryptonite to Johnson and Knaus—if not deadly green Kryptonite, then the red Kryptonite that could have wacky, unpredictable results for the driver known as Superman.
Phoenix, on April 10, will tell us more, but the real test of the spoiler will come eight days later at Texas, where the Cup cars will race en masse for the first time on a downforce track.
In the meantime, Cup drivers who haven't won four straight championships can savor a small kernel of hope.
They can dream, can't they?