What look like to be a long day for Jeff Gordon turned into an fairly decent finish fore the 24 team. Gordon suffered a broken sway bar just eight laps into the race and had to pull in the pits to have it repaired. That would put him 3 laps down, but thanks to the lucky dog rule he was able to get back on the lead lap and finish 16th keeping him from falling out of the Top 10 for the chase.
Jeff Burton look to be the car to beat leading 87 laps but he failed to leads the one that means the most, the final lap. He faded back to 15th after the handling went away on his Cingular Chevy which ended his streak of Top 10 finishes. He still is 3rd in the points. His teammate Clint Bowyer had a better day when her finished fourth when he came in on pit road during a caution with the leaders who took on 4 tires while Bowyer took on right sides and restarted the race in sixth giving him his best career finish.
Dale Earnhardt Jr was also in a gambling move Sunday. The bud crew decided to stay out on lap 143 while the leaders pitted for tires. Earnhardt who was running in the back of field most of day brought home a sixth place finish moving him into the Top 10 with 5 races left till the cut off for the chase.
|4||2||Clint Bowyer #||160||160||Running|
|6||31||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||160||150||Running|
|10||14||Denny Hamlin #||160||134||Running|
|18||24||David Stremme #||160||109||Running|
|19||23||Martin Truex Jr. #||160||106||Running|
|30||41||Reed Sorenson #||160||73||Running|
|34||6||J.J. Yeley #||160||61||Running|
Caution Flags: 8 for 24 laps
Lead Changes: 18 among 9 drivers
Best Finishing Rookie: Clint Bowyer 4th
Biggest Gainer: Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves back into the Top 10
Biggest Loser: Kasey Kahne Loses 4 spots dropping to 11th